By Christina Frangou

In the spring of 2016, patients discharged after undergoing a general surgery procedure at Massachusetts General Hospital left with a prescription for a median of 150 mg of oral morphine equivalent.

Two years later, patients undergoing the same procedures received a prescription for a median of 112.5 mg.

In 10 of the 11 surgical divisions at the Harvard hospital in Boston, the experience was the same—a marked reduction in oral morphine prescriptions with no increase in