Opioid misuse has reached alarming rates globally, with opioid-related fatalities climbing 500% to reach its highest level in 20 years. In the United States, overdose from opioids is the leading cause of injury-related death with an estimated 130 opioid-related deaths occurring each day. The consequences of this are so prominent that progress we’re making in prolonging life expectancy of Americans and Canadians has halted in recent years.
Orthopedic surgeons are amongst the highest prescribers of opioids. As COVID-19 impacts delivery of care, surgeons may be prompted to…read more