We want to eliminate stories such as that of Max Baker (read here ). Max became addicted to pain pills as a teen, but was able to kick the habit. Following surgery on injuries sustained during a car accident, Max tragically relapsed after being treated with an opioid-based anesthesia mix. He tragically died from a heroin overdose less than a month later. Had his doctor had access to or better understood opioid free techniques, his life may have been saved.
SOFA is currently looking to raise funds to continue fulfilling our mission.
Who is SOFA?
SOFA (Society for Opioid Free Anesthesia) is a nonprofit organization formed by medical professionals to research, promote, & educate anesthesia professionals and the general public on opioid free pain management techniques. For more information, please visit our website at https://goopioidfree.com/
What is Opioid Free Anesthesia?
Opioid free anesthesia is a safer option for anesthesia administration that maximizes a patient's respiratory ability and aggressively treats their pain, while eliminating the many unwanted side effects of opioids.
How We’ll Use Funds
Raised funds will be used for various purposes, including:
-Public /medical professional education and outreach efforts
-Research and standardization of opioid free techniques
-Efforts to increase adoption of opioid free pain management techniques throughout the medical profession
-General operations to fulfill SOFA’s Mission
Some Prescription Opioid Related Stats
(Source: American Society of Addiction Medicine)
-Of the 20.5 million Americans 12 or older that had a substance use disorder in 2015, 2 million had a substance use disorder involving prescription pain relievers and 591,000 had a substance use disorder involving heroin.
-Drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the US, with 52,404 lethal drug overdoses in 2015. Opioid addiction is driving this epidemic, with 20,101 overdose deaths related to prescription pain relievers, and 12,990 overdose deaths related to heroin in 2015.
-Four out of five new heroin users started out misusing prescription painkillers.
-In 2012 , 259 MILLION prescriptions were written for opioids, which is more than enough to give every american adult their own bottle of pills.
Opioid Free Anesthesia in the Press
Can Prescribing Fewer Painkillers Curb The Opioid Epidemic? Doctors At Baylor Think So
Anesthesia Providers Turn to Opioid Alternatives During Surgery
Plastic Surgeon’s Pain Prescription is Opioid Free to Help Cut Back on Opioid Usage
Revolutionary C-Section Technique Is a Total Game-Changer
Boulder County Dentists Take a Bite Out of Opioid Prescriptions
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