Stop it damn it. Orthopedic surgeons quit prescribing 30 days of opiates!

Dear Orthopedic Surgeons,

How many news reports, stories of overdoses do you need before you stop prescribing one and two months of highly addictive opiates? Do you orthos live under a rock? Have you seen the news? Eighty percent of the global opioid supply is consumed in the United States. That’s prescribed medication.

Stories after stories that are all the same theme. “My son had surgery, became addicted and died from overdose.” Most everyone has heard. Why haven’t you? Is no one speaking about this at your conferences?  The oral surgeons have caught on. The primary care doctors have, too. Why haven’t you guys?

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