- It is crucial for surgeons to perform a series of preoperative assessments (check for history of substance abuse, previous overdose, past opioid prescriptions, comorbid conditions, etc.) in order to identify patients with an increased risk of opioid overdose.
- More surgeon involvement in research, evidence-based practice, and education will help to combat opioid misuse and overdose after surgery.
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