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Opioid epidemic-Nashville Hospitals to restrict supply?

A recent NPR story by Blake Farmer looked at how local hospitals are, belatedly, trying to curb and control the Opioids they have in the past dispensed like free candy to patients.
“We really do have a lot of responsibility and culpability and this burden, and so we have to make sure we do whatever we can to stem this tide and turn the ship in the other direction,” said John Young, national medical director of cardiovascular services for LifePoint Hospitals, adding, “You don’t want to portray the fact that you’re not going to treat people appropriately.” The Brentwood-based hospital chain is now putting special emphasis on how it handles people coming into the ER looking for pain medicine.
The story adds: “The big hospital chains based in Nashville are accepting some of the blame for the country’s opioid crisis, which grows more deadly by the year. They admit they were going overboard with opioids to make people as pain-free as possible. So in an effort to be part of the cure, they’re issuing an uncomfortable warning to patients — you’re going to feel some pain”.
Of equal interest might be the outpouring of complaints from readers commenting on the story, many of whom seemed to have managed without pain reduction drugs, but an equal number believing they are
the only option. For the full article:
www.nashvillepublicradio.org

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