practice of Medicine
Orthopedic Surgery Toolkit
August 1, 2019
Medication safety advisories
Safety spotlight: orthopedics and opioids…proceed with caution!
Opioid use has reached epidemic and deadly proportions in the U. S.; overdose deaths increased 124% from 1999-2007.  Opioids cause more deaths than cocaine and heroin deaths combined. The U.S. uses 80% of the global opioid supply and 99% of the global hydrocodone supply, yet only represents <5% of the global population. Hydrocodone, the most commonly worldwide prescribed opioid, has a …
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