Research suggests that patients and physicians should be aware of opioid use before elective operations such as hysterectomy and bariatric surgery.
A new digital tracking system was behind the decrease — suggesting a potential partial solution that other health systems could adopt to fight the opioid epidemic.
Exhausting the body’s pain management system can leave those with chronic conditions unable to find relief — either naturally or via opioids.
The opioid epidemic is well documented, yet physicians still are wary about whether cannabinoids are better options for chronic pain. Neither is a perfect solution.