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2019 Oct

Ann Surg Oncol



The Standardization of Outpatient Procedure (STOP) Narcotics: A Prospective Health Systems Intervention to Reduce Opioid Use in Ambulatory Breast Surgery.


Hartford LB, Van Koughnett J AM, Murphy PB, Knowles SA, Wigen RB, Allen LJ, Clarke C F, Brackstone M, Gray DK, Maciver AH
Ann Surg Oncol. 2019 Oct; 26(10):3295-3304.
PMID: 31342371.


During the past 15 years, opioid-related overdose death rates for women have increased 471%. Many surgeons provide opioid prescriptions well in excess of what patients actually use. This study assessed a health systems intervention to control pain adequately while reducing opioid prescriptions in ambulatory breast surgery.