Hospital association offers recommendations to limit opioid abuse

From the News & Record:

Emergency departments are being recommended to prioritize non-opioid therapies for treating pain and provide counseling to patients as part of guidelines released Friday by the N.C. Hospital Association.

The guidelines, endorsed by the N.C. College of Emergency Physicians, are designed to “balance care providers’ duty to treat pain and decrease the risk of opioid dependence, addiction and diversion in the emergency medicine population.”

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