Pennsylvania Health Officials Unveil New Prescription Guidelines to Offer Alternatives to Opioids
A big problem for medical professionals is what to do when a patient suffering from pain is dealing with or appears to be dealing with an opioid addiction. Denying the medication that could ease the pain seems unreasonable, but feeding the addiction could be even worse.
The Pennsylvania Department of Health, in an effort to help doctors and nurses in the state make decisions in such circumstances, released a set of guidelines designed to help in the selection of alternate pain management strategies. The voluntary guidelines were crafted by the state’s Safe and Effective Prescribing Task Force, a group assembled to help address the state’s prevalence of opioid addiction.
We at Decision Point hope as new legislation is passed and ideas are proposed in other states, Georgia will adopt similar pathways to cure this opioid crisis.