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Safe and Effective Pain Control After Surgery for Children and Teens

Children may be prescribed opioids to control severe pain resulting from their operations. Fatal poisonings from opioid overdoses are also increasing among both children and teens. Given the current rates of opioid abuse in the country, it is critical that patients understand how to safely use these medications and dispose of them once they are no longer needed. 

Before your child’s operation, we encourage you to review the materials on this website. If you have questions, don’t hesitate to ask your child’s surgeon.

Common Questions
Patient Tools
Additional Resources

Pediatric Opioid Task Force

Brochure References