Recent Advances in Post-Operative Pediatric Opioid Guidelines
Megan LoFaso, Jace Swingle
Over the past few decades, the United States has been experiencing an opioid epidemic. Unfortunately, children and adolescents are not exempt from the effect this has had on our country. Lack of guidance in prescribing leading to improper or over prescribing can be associated with pediatric overuse and abuse. This article seeks to provide a review of Guidelines for Opioid Prescribing in Children and Adolescents After Surgery, a recently published guideline compiled using data from a multitude of published articles focused on pediatric opioid prescribing and the effects these agents have on children. These guidelines provide a gateway to continue research and development of specific guidelines to improve the practice of opioid prescribing after surgery.