Orthopedic Surgeons seek alternatives to opioid prescribing

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NYU Langone Orthopaedic Hospital has integrated documents on proper opioid disposal into the EMR system that print out with the prescription, Hutzler told Orthopedics Today. In addition, posters about disposal methods are displayed in physician offices.

The FDA lists bringing unused or expired medications to National Prescription Drug Take-Back events or to Drug Enforcement Administration-registered collectors as the preferred disposal method. Many opioid disposal facilities are run by pharmacies, sheriff departments and states, according to Lindsey.

Larger hospital facilities may have collection boxes for patients to return unused medications, Patterson said.

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