Pediatric Surgical Pain Management toolkit for healthcare professionals
Nearly half of the opioids prescribed to patients under 21 years old could be classified as high risk, based on pharmacy data from 2019.7 More than half of these prescriptions were written by dentists and surgeons.
To begin to combat the opioid epidemic, we need to:
- Review our prescribing patterns
- Consider the amount of opioid being prescribed and consumed
- Rethink patients’ pain management