Surgeons told to stop prescribing so many painkillers
The head of general surgery at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center had a remarkably simple idea not long ago: What if the department suggested that surgeons limit prescriptions of narcotic pain pills to a specific number for different kinds of operations?
Even veteran surgeons really had no idea how many opioids to send home with their patients. The results were dramatic: The number of pills prescribed by doctors for five common outpatient surgeries dropped by 53 percent, and patients didn’t consume all the pills they were given. The total number of pills prescribed dropped from 6,170 before the education initiative to 2,932 afterward.
Read more : The Washington Post Mar 7, 2017