A&A Special Issue Call for Papers

The Practice of Anesthesia and Pain Medicine and the Opioid Abuse Epidemic

Thematic issue in Anesthesia & Analgesia for November 2017

The misuse and abuse of prescription opioids has reached epidemic proportions in the United States, with 78 Americans dying every day from an opioid overdose. Since 1999 both the prescribing of opioids and the number of deaths from prescription opioids have quadrupled. However, patient analgesia (e.g., pain scores) have remain unchanged. As experts within the fields of acute and chronic pain medicine, anesthesiologists are uniquely poised to create solutions to address this national crisis. Clinicians practicing acute pain medicine (including regional analgesia) and chronic pain medicine have unique roles during critical periods in surgical patients' continuum of care. Careful planning of acute and chronic pain management, using interventional techniques and other opioid-sparing multimodal modalities, along with continued but thoughtful opioid prescribing strategies, may affect patients' risks for unnecessary chronic opioid use and opioid abuse. Techniques, pharmacologic agents, and other strategies (e.g. managing patient expectations) to ameliorate pain and opioid use continue to emerge.

Anesthesia & Analgesia 2016-2017 Call for Papers

To facilitate discussion on this topic, Anesthesia & Analgesia issues this call for papers on "The Practice of Anesthesia and Pain Medicine and the Opioid Abuse Epidemic." Guest edited by T. Anthony Anderson, Ph.D., M.D. and Honorio T. Benzon, M.D., submissions of original research are sought in areas related to this topic for consideration for publication in Anesthesia & Analgesia. Authors should review the Journal's current "Instructions for Authors" – specifically for Original Clinical, Health Services, Educational, and Laboratory Research Reports, which can found at http://www.editorialmanager.com/aa. The deadline for initial manuscript submission is June 30, 2017. Publication of this Thematic Issue is currently planned for November 2017.