Both the Texas Orthopaedic Association (TOA) and American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) have addressed the opioid crisis at recent meetings.
Austin orthopaedic surgeon David Ring, MD, PhD presented at TOA’s 2017 Annual Conference: “The Opioid Crisis: The Future Role of Orthopaedic Surgeons in Solving the Crisis.”
Dr. Ring shared a pain relief video at the conference:
AAOS has produced a pain relief toolkit that orthopaedic surgeons may find to be valuable.
In addition, AAOS created a preoperative screening questionnaire.
The Texas Legislature passed legislation in May 2017 that will require orthopaedic surgeons to check the state’s prescription drug monitoring database (PDMP) for controlled substances beginning on September 1, 2019. TOA expects to work with policymakers on this issue in the months leading up to the 2019 Texas Legislature.
TOA’s Prescription Monitoring Program Recommendation
A special committee of the Texas Legislature chaired by State Senator Charles Schwertner, MD and State Representative JD Sheffield, DO met on October 3, 2018 to review the state’s prescription monitoring program (PMP). Click here to view TOA’s position paper.
Some pharmacies are altering physician prescriptions as a result of guidelines for pain medication that the pharmacies created. Sherif Zaafran, MD – the chair of the Texas Medical Board – responded with the following Tweets on September 29, 2018.