Mitigating the opioid crisis for the lower extremity provider opioid stewardship programs.Foot (Edinb). 2020 Dec; 45:101708.F
Opioids are an effective form of analgesia for pain treatment. Over prescribing of opioids agents have becom;1;e detrimental to the United States' public health. One of the most difficult challenges for any prescriber is to balance the potential benefits versus the potential risks of opioid prescribing. Addressing the opioid crisis requires an interprofessional team approach. The utilization of an opioid stewardship program provides the necessary frame work to identify gaps in the in quality and development in the implementation of a change of long standing opioid culture and practice. These programs address opioid prescribing, treatment for opioid use disorder, educational initiatives, and the use of information technology. A few acronyms have been created to assist providers to guide them when prescribing opioids. The purpose of this article is to explore the central theme of responsible opioid pain management. It will introduce, define, and defend with clinical base evidence a proposed acronym "MORPHINE" to assist and help shape prescription opioid strategies used for lower extremity pain. Implications for practicing lower extremity providers need to acknowledge the potential harm that prescribing opioids may cause to their patients. Opioid stewardship principles should become a priority in podiatric medicine and podiatric surgery.