Opioids And Children: Opioids Aren't Always Needed For Children Or Adults

If you or your child is going to be having surgery, opioids may not be necessary, even if they're offered.

In a new survey of more than 1,000 parents by the American Society of Anesthesiologists, more than half were worried about opioid addiction, but almost two-thirds thought that opioids were the most effective pain medications for a child to take after a fracture or an operation.

Experts in pediatric pain say there are alternatives for children and adults.

As you will hear, if your child or an adult are going to be prescribed opioids, make sure they are just given a few. You don't always need a full prescription.

Dr.Linda J. Mason, is the President of the American Society of Anesthesiologists and is a professor of anesthesia and pediatrics at Loma Linda University and specializes in anesthesiology for children having surgery.

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