On behalf of the Freshmen Working Group on Addiction and Voices for Non-Opioid Choices we invite you to an important briefing on ways we can stem the tide of the opioid crisis.
The operating room is a primary gateway to opioid misuse and addiction, as millions of patients prescribed opioids after surgery each year transition to persistent opioid use. A key contributor to the opioid epidemic is the prescription of opioids for the treatment of postsurgical pain:
9 in 10 patients undergoing surgical procedures receive opioid medications; and
6% of all surgical patients transition to persistent opioid use after surgery, with persistent opioid use being much higher following certain procedures.
There are steps we can take to reduce the number of people who become addicted to opioids. We encourage you and your staff to join for a discussion with a panel of experts of post-surgical non-opioid pain management options.
Thursday, May 16
2200 Rayburn House Office Building
Lunch Will be Served
If you should have any questions, please contact Christina Tsafoulias, with Congressman David Trone at Christina.Tsafoulias@mail.house.gov or Eli Woerpel with Congressman Denver Riggleman at Eli.Woerpel@mail.house.gov.