Opioid Prescriptions by Surgeons for Post-Op Pain Relief Decline, but Progress Has Slowed

PainRelief.com: What should readers take away from your report?

Response: Our findings suggest that efforts to “right-size” opioid prescriptions from surgeons are still important, despite recent declines in the amounts of opioids in these prescriptions. 

PainRelief.com: What recommendations do you have for future research as a result of this study?

Response: It will be important to continue to identify which interventions are most effective in ensuring that the size of opioid prescriptions after surgery match the amount that patients need.

Disclosures: I have received personal fees from the Benter Foundation and the U.S. Department of Justice outside of the current work.


Zhang J, Waljee JF, Nguyen TD, et al. Opioid Prescribing by US Surgeons, 2016-2022. JAMA Netw Open. 2023;6(12):e2346426. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2023.46426


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Last Updated on December 8, 2023 by PainRelief.com