Reducing Opioid Prescriptions: New Pilot Program Launching In Longmont

Reducing Opioid Prescriptions: New Pilot Program Launching In Longmont


WE STILL HAVE DELAYS THROUGH THE DOWNTOWN AREA. WE HAVE ANOTHER ISSUE, CAR FIRE REPORTED ARAPAHOE FROM 20th TO 19th IN DOWNTOWN. YOU MIGHT SEE SOME ROADBLOCKS THERE. COVERING COLORADO FIRST THIS MORNING, THE OVERPRESCRIBING OF OPIOIDS IS A DEADLY PLAGUE. AN EFFORT TO CUT THAT SEEMS TO BE GETTING SOME RESULTS IN COLORADO. ABOUT 70 EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT AND OUR STATE HAVE CUT BY IN SOME CASES TO THIRST, PRESCRIPTIONS. THEY HAVE BEEN WORKING ON ALL OF THIS. MEKIALAYA WHITE IS LIVE WITH THE DR. NOW TO EXPLAIN. Reporter: I AM JOINED BY DR. CATHY O’NEIL UP AND BRIGHT EARLY WITH US. WHAT ARE YOU SEEING THUS FAR? SO FAR, IT IS WORKING WELL. IT IS A CULTURAL SHIFT. IT IS HARDER FOR US TO THINK ABOUT TREATING PEOPLE INDIVIDUALLY. WE DO HAVE A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO ARE COMING IN WHO DON’T WANT OPIOIDS. WE ARE TRYING TO MEET THEIR NEED . Reporter: THE THING YOU REALLY WANT TO STRESS IS THAT YOU CARE ENOUGH NOT JUST TO WRITE SOME OPIOID PRESCRIPTION. THAT’S RIGHT. IT IS EASY TO SAY, YOU HAVE PAIN, I WILL JUST WRITE YOU FOR AN OPIOID AND THAT IS THAT. WE CARE ENOUGH THAT WE WANT TO MAKE SURE WE ARE TREATING THE PAIN APPROPRIATELY. IF IT IS A MUSCULOSKELETAL PAIN, IT IS BETTER TO TREAT IT WITH IBUPROFEN, AS OPPOSED TO AN OPIOID. THEY HAVE ABDOMINAL PAIN, I WANT THEM UP AND WALKING AROUND AND USING A HEATING PAD, EYES PACKS AND SOLVE, ANYTHING LIKE THAT. ANYTHING LIKE THAT IS MORE THOUGHT INTENSIVE FOR US AND THE NURSING STAFF. WE REALLY WANT TO MAKE SURE OUR PATIENTS ARE GETTING WHAT THEY NEED AND DEFINITELY NOT LAST. THE GOAL IS TO TREAT PAIN. Reporter: CAN YOU TALK ABOUT SOME OF THE ALTERNATIVE TREATMENTS? WE ARE TRYING TO GO BACK AND USE EYES PACKS, HEATING PADS, IBUPROFEN, TYLENOL, THINGS THAT PEOPLE CAN USE AT HOME AND INCORPORATE THE NEWER ONES THAT PEOPLE ARE USING ALREADY, GUIDED MEDITATION, RELAXATION TECHNIQUES, IN ADDITION TO OTHER MEDICATIONS, SUCH AS NEURONTIN OR ANESTHESIA BLOCKS. PEOPLE DON’T USE THOSE AT HOME, OF COURSE.

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