Why we made these guidelines
One in 16 surgical patients prescribed opioids become long-term users. Furthermore, 70-80% of opioids prescribed after surgery are not used and 45% of patients are over-prescribed opioids at the time of hospital discharge compared to their inpatient opioid use. Despite the new knowledge about over-prescribing after surgery, we identified a lack of procedure-specific guidelines about what providers should be prescribing. Our goal in this project was to create best practices for outpatient opioid prescribing at the time of discharge following common medical and dental procedures by creating multidisciplinary expert panels across different fields to establish consensus on ideal opioid prescribing.