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Verywell Health Quotes Dr. Williams: AI Can Help Reduce Opioid Prescriptions After Surgery, Research Finds


Artificial intelligence (AI) can help determine which patients are at high risk for severe pain after surgery, as well as which patients may benefit from non-opioid related pain management, a new study finds.

The research, which is being presented at the American Association of Anesthesiologists’ annual meeting, aims to reduce the number of people who are exposed to opioids in an attempt to lower the risk of opioid use disorder.

The U.S. is currently in the middle of an opioid crisis. Opioid overdoses caused more than 42,000 deaths in 2016, and an estimated 40% of opioid overdose deaths involved a prescription opioid, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).2 New research is pushing for medical professionals to prescribe opioids less often.

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