Perianesthesia Patient Education for the Promotion of Opioid Stewardship

Jan Odom-Forren, Joni Brady, Paul A. Sloan

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Opioid overdose deaths and opioid use disorders are a crisis in the United States and other western countries around the globe. Opioid prescriptions more than doubled after the turn of the century, particularly for postoperative patients. Unfortunately, many who have abused opioids were able to obtain those opioids from friends or family who had held on to prescribed, but unused opioids. One method to manage and decrease the opportunity for unused opioids to become black-market opioids is to educate patients and families regarding the safe use, safe storage, and proper disposal of unused prescription opioids. Perianesthesia nurses, particularly those who educate patients before and after surgery, have an excellent opportunity to educate patients and families who are discharged to home after surgery.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)108-115
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Perianesthesia Nursing
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2021

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© 2020 American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses


  • ambulatory surgery
  • opioid disposal
  • opioid stewardship
  • opioids
  • patient education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medical–Surgical


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