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Preventing Postoperative Opioid Abuse
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Despite recent declines, postoperative opioid prescribing is still high and inconsistent across the U.S.1 To reverse this epidemic, we need to improve the way we treat pain. We must prevent abuse, addiction, and overdose before they start.

Below are free, downloadable resources from members of the STOP Opioid Abuse coalition to help spark conversation about efforts to reduce opioid use for treating pain after surgery.


Michigan Opioid Prescribing Engagement Network (OPEN) Resources Explore a variety of resources aimed at both patients and providers, with the option to co-brand with your institution’s logo.
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) and American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Pain Alleviation Resources Get the strategies for safe and effective alleviation of postoperative pain and optimal opioid stewardship.
Alliance for Balanced Pain Management (AfBPM) Resources Understand multi-pronged pain management strategies, including ways to safely store, dispose and use prescription pain management, if prescribed.
1. Guy GP Jr., Zhang K, Bohm MK, et al. Vital Signs: Changes in Opioid Prescribing in the United States, 2006–2015. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2017;66:697–704. DOI:

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