||April 28, 2018
||Bloomington, MN, United States of America
||Conference / Meeting
Minnesota Society of Anesthesiologists Spring Conference
Navigating the Opioid Crisis
The current opioid crisis is of an epidemic scale with over 30,000 overdose deaths involving opioids in the United States in 2016. In Minnesota alone, there was over 1 death per day due to an overdose involving opioids. As anesthesiologists, we handle and prescribe opioids to the vast majority of patients under our care. With the current opioid crisis boiling, we need to examine our role in the problem and determine how we can continue to provide the safest care possible for our patients. At the Minnesota Society of Anesthesiologists (MSA) Spring Conference on April 28th, we have a morning program of speakers discussing various perspectives of the opioid crisis and how it will impact us and our patients.
The speakers at the spring conference will include an addiction medicine specialist, drug enforcement detective, pharmacist on the Minnesota Department of Health Opioid Taskforce, a legislator, and a pain physician. This broad base of speakers will help to illuminate the issues from various perspectives, so that we can more fully understand the situation and how to actively address it.
The opioid epidemic is now household news, and will inevitably force our society into further action. As anesthesiologists, relieving our patients’ pain and suffering is one of our core goals, and opioids are quite often a key component of our therapy. Thus, it is absolutely crucial that our specialty helps lead the ongoing critical evaluation of perioperative opioids in order to ensure that our core values of patient safety and relief of suffering remain strong.
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