Program Leads To 36% Reduction In Opioid Use

The Colorado Hospital Association says they experienced success with a new program aimed at reducing the use of opioids. Yampa Valley    Medical Center in Steamboat, which recently became part of the UCHealth hospital system, was one of the hospitals to participate in the pilot program. Overall, the hospital association says they saw a 36% reduction in the number of opioids administered. As part of the program, the hospitals switched to non-opioid alternatives to treat patients’ pain whenever possible. The hospitals also handed out informational pamphlets on opioids when they needed to be prescribed, which explained warning signs of addiction and also outlined resources to help in the event the patient becomes addicted.

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