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2020 Apr 20

J Arthroplasty

Effects of the Ohio Opioid Prescribing Guidelines on Total Joint Arthroplasty Postsurgical Prescribing and Refilling Behavior of Surgeons and Patients.



The opioid epidemic has been declared a public health crisis, with thousands of Americans dying from overdoses each year. In 2017, Ohio passed the Opioid Prescribing Guidelines (OPG) limiting narcotic prescriptions for acute pain. The present study sought to evaluate the effects of OPG on the prescribing behavior of orthopedists following total knee arthroplasty (TKA) and total hip arthroplasty (THA).