Pain Meds Present Problems

Diversion, over-prescribing put surgeons at risk

David H. Sohn, JD MD

Widespread use of narcotic pain medication in orthopaedic surgery is risky—not only to patients, but to prescribing physicians as well—according to a group of experts assembled for the AAOS webinar on “Risk Evaluation and Management Strategies For Prescribing Opioids.” The webinar focused on the increasing risks and regulations surrounding the prescription of narcotic pain medication in orthopaedic surgery.

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