Scripps is the first to admit that there is a major problem with the way prescription drugs have been overused and overprescribed. Too many deaths come from opioids that were originally prescribed by a doctor. Scripps has decided to take a stance... not against prescribing opioids, but for the education of opioids.
Opioids are often prescribed to patients after a serious trauma. Doctors feel these medications are often the correct prescription. Scripps hospitals are doing something new:
At Scripps hospitals, doctors are working to stop opioid addiction before it starts. They’ve launched an Opioid Stewardship Program, aimed at educating patients about opioid use and the risks that come with it, alternatives to opioids, and what can realistically be expected after surgery. They’re also working with medical staff on appropriate opioid prescribing standards, screening patients for substance abuse disorders and expanding the use of other modes of pain management, such as acetaminophen and ibuprofen, and non-pharmaceutical techniques like ice or heat, physical therapy and meditation.
Scripps original article here - Aug 16 2018