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Why opting out of opioids can be dangerous in the operating room

By Mark C. Bicket, Co-Director, Opioid Prescribing Engagement Network and Assistant Professor, University of Michigan
Jennifer Waljee, Associate Professor of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, University of Michigan
Paul Edward Hilliard, Clinical Associate Professor of Anesthesiology, University of Michigan
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Non-opioid directives allow patients to refuse opioids in all health care settings. For surgical procedures that require anesthesia, however, this may do more harm than good.The Conversation

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