Bill would test opioid alternatives in emergency departments

From the Register-Herald:

A bipartisan group of U.S. senators have introduced legislation to help boost hospitals’ resources in the fight against opioid addiction.

The Alternatives to Opioids (ALTO) in the Emergency Department Act would establish a demonstration program to test alternative pain management protocols to limit the use of opioids in hospital emergency departments. The legislation also provides grant funding to implement these programs.

 Following the completion of the program, the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) would submit a report to Congress on its results and issue recommendations for broader implementation.

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