Opioid Crisis

As the universally acknowledged experts in pain management, physician anesthesiologists have been at the forefront of implementing best practices to reduce opioid utilization and consumption for patients.

ASA recommends lawmakers work with physician anesthesiologists and other medical specialties to prevent opioid misuse and abuse by recognizing that the surgical setting and other acute care settings are a unique opportunity to ensure patients receive the appropriate care and education regarding opioids.

Physician anesthesiologists — medical doctors who specialize in anesthesia, pain management and critical care medicine — have extensive training and experience in prescribing opioid and non-opioid pain medications.