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Johns Hopkins panel creates guidelines for prescribing opioids after common surgeries

Johns Hopkins panel creates guidelines for prescribing opioids after common surgeries

Johns Hopkins Hospital is recommending its doctors give patients far fewer opioids following surgery than they have in the past, after a panel including doctors, nurses and patients looked at the prescribing habits of physicians.

The panel developed guidelines for how much opioids doctors should prescribe for patients after 20 specific surgeries, such as hysterectomy and breast surgery, saying there is no broad brush formula for pain treatment with opioids.

It is the latest effort by the medical community to reduce the amount of opioids prescribed to patients. Some of the nation’s epidemic of opioid addiction and overdoses has been traced to doctors generally prescribing...

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