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04-04-16 What innovative approaches are addressing prescription opiate use?

Question of the Week

April 4, 2016

What innovative approaches are addressing prescription opiate use?

Prescription opiate use is now recognized as a national threat. They are the drugs most commonly prescribed for pain in the Emergency Department (ED).

An ED in New Jersey is taking an innovative approach to treating pain in the ED.

http://www.njtvonline.org/news/video/st-josephs-has-first-er-with-alternatives-to-opioids-program/#.VvuzzZ4Q0os.email

Here is information on the protocol on which they base their approach to pain.

ALTO program

What a huge undertaking! It will be interesting to see the impact of this program.

Another consideration. Prescription opiates are becoming a bit more difficult to obtain, probably due to a more functioning CSMD (controlled substance monitoring database). Therefore heroin is rapidly increasing in use. A police force task member told me they are seeing one heroin death a day in Nashville!!!

Ds

This question prepared by: Donna Seger, MD Medical Toxicologist

Question of the Week

April 4, 2016

What innovative approaches are addressing prescription opiate use?

Prescription opiate use is now recognized as a national threat. They are the drugs most commonly prescribed for pain in the Emergency Department (ED).

An ED in New Jersey is taking an innovative approach to treating pain in the ED.

http://www.njtvonline.org/news/video/st-josephs-has-first-er-with-alternatives-to-opioids-program/#.VvuzzZ4Q0os.email

Here is information on the protocol on which they base their approach to pain.

ALTO program

What a huge undertaking! It will be interesting to see the impact of this program.

Another consideration. Prescription opiates are becoming a bit more difficult to obtain, probably due to a more functioning CSMD (controlled substance monitoring database). Therefore heroin is rapidly increasing in use. A police force task member told me they are seeing one heroin death a day in Nashville!!!

Ds

This question prepared by: Donna Seger, MD Medical Toxicologist

Question of the Week

April 4, 2016

What innovative approaches are addressing prescription opiate use?

Prescription opiate use is now recognized as a national threat. They are the drugs most commonly prescribed for pain in the Emergency Department (ED).

An ED in New Jersey is taking an innovative approach to treating pain in the ED.

http://www.njtvonline.org/news/video/st-josephs-has-first-er-with-alternatives-to-opioids-program/#.VvuzzZ4Q0os.email

Here is information on the protocol on which they base their approach to pain.

ALTO program

What a huge undertaking! It will be interesting to see the impact of this program.

Another consideration. Prescription opiates are becoming a bit more difficult to obtain, probably due to a more functioning CSMD (controlled substance monitoring database). Therefore heroin is rapidly increasing in use. A police force task member told me they are seeing one heroin death a day in Nashville!!!

Ds

This question prepared by: Donna Seger, MD Medical Toxicologist