By Sherree Geyer

Evidence-based prescribing guidelines reduced postoperative opioid consumption for nine general surgeries by roughly 30%, according to primary outcomes reported in a research letter in The New England Journal of Medicine (2019;381[7]:680-682).

Researchers at the University of Michigan (UM) analyzed data from 11,716 patients at 43 state hospitals to find mean prescription size fell from approximately 26 to 18 pills and opioid consumption from roughly 12 to nine pills between