Hit Hard by Opioid Epidemic, Virginia Rolls Out 14 ED Strategies to Combat Drug Use

From H&HN:

Virginia, for one, has been ravaged by this scourge of drug abuse, with 4,036 prescription opioid overdose deaths between 2007 and last year, according to the Virginia Department of Health. Looking to alleviate that trend, the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association convened a group of stakeholders in January and just last week rolled out its own list of 14 guidelines to help doctors to more carefully prescribe opioid painkillers in the ED.

The recommendations include everything from not replacing bottles of opioids that were allegedly lost or stolen, to screening patients for signs of drug abuse. Several of the guidelines overlap with what’s been recommended previously by the Massachusetts Hospital Association’s own task force, which we reported on last month.

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