Home Health Doctors to take step on opioid epidemic

Doctors to take step on opioid epidemic

Ten hospitals now joint there hands to participate in the pilot program.


The opioid crisis becomes a major point to be concerned about. The doctors now tell that if the prescribe opiate to the patients it can work as a point of addiction for them. As the opioid crises is seen nationwide and in Colorado as well, many groups of the hospitals now come up together to reduce down the number of opioids doled in emergency rooms.

A trial which is channelized by the Colorado Hospital Association or CHA now aimed to reduce down the opioid prescriptions in the emergency rooms by up to 15 percent. Rather than cutting down the opioid prescription for 36 percent the situation now found to be the solution to fight with this opioid crisis. Ten hospitals now joint there hands to participate in the pilot program. The medical experts tell that they found the opioid scripts helpful for the treatment of pain without narcotics.

Doctors to take step on opioid epidemic

“We’re not trying to tell people: ‘We’re not going to treat your pain.’ We’re trying to tell people: ‘We’re going to treat your pain differently and we’re using different approaches,” said Dr Adam Barkin who is the medical director of the emergency department at Sky Ridge Medical Center.

“We have had issues with patients who have maybe had long-standing issues with pain control, so they kind of know what works well for them,” said Nicole Zoerink who is the emergency department manager at Sky Ridge Medical Center. “We’ve actually used that as an opportunity, to explain to them, let’s try this and see if this non-narcotic version or even non-medication version of pain control can help,” says Zoerink.

“I really believe we are saving lives and that’s what this is all about. We all have the same goal,” Diana Rossi MacKay said. “We’ve had patients thank us for being innovative and creative. We’ve had patients tell us stories how they’ve had past issues with addiction and they were very appreciative that there were alternatives,” Zoerink said.