Opioid addiction crisis prompts new guidelines for prescribing pain relievers
After you have an operation, your surgeon may prescribe an opioid pain reliever. But lately, because of the opioid addiction crisis in America, the surgeon may think twice about writing that prescription. Two assistant professors of surgery at Upstate are involved in a campaign to help change prescribing habits. Weight-loss surgeon Flavia Soto, MD, and colorectal surgeon Jeffrey Albright, MD, explain the effort to reach a consensus on appropriate opioid levels to prescribe for 21 medical procedures.