Nurse and patient smiling as patient is discharged from hospital post-nerve block surgery

Operating rooms are functioning as an unintended gateway to long-term opioid use

The majority of surgical patients receive an opioid and many will go on to become long-term users1

While opioids have been a mainstay in postsurgical pain control, they are also at the center of an ongoing national crisis. For many patients undergoing surgery, it is their first exposure to opioids.

of patients receive an opioid to manage postsurgical pain2*

*In a retrospective study of hospital discharge data (N=37,301).

The average number of pills prescribed in common surgeries varies widely4

Overall, nearly 9% of surgical patients who had not been taking opioids prior to the perioperative period became persistent users in 20174

There are risks associated with opioid exposure

of people using pain relievers (non-medically) obtained them from a friend or relative5‡

According to the 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health among past-year users aged ≥12 years (N≈37,000).

4 out 5 new heroin users started out by misusing opioids

From an analysis of the 2008–2010 National Surveys on Drug Use and Health to examine patterns of heroin use and risk behaviors among past-year non-medical users of opioid pain relievers.

An estimated

3 million Americans

will become persistent users of opioids each year following initial exposure after surgery in the hospital3

Most patients would prefer a non-opioid option to control their pain

§From a survey of 500 adults in the United States who had an orthopedic or soft tissue surgery and 200 US surgeons who perform these procedures.

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