Lexington Herald-Leader Profiles Hospital Response to the Opioid Epidemic
Tuesday, November 12, 2019 3:52 PM
On November 8, the Lexington Herald-Leader published an article written by reporter Alex Acquisto (Link to article - available to subscribers) covering the response of hospitals to the opioid epidemic in Kentucky.
The extensive article profiled the work at St. Claire Hospital in Morehead, and its ER medical director Dr. Philip Overall. The department's policy includes no longer using opioids as a “first line therapy for pain control...In 2017, a year after changes were instituted, the rate of patients leaving [St. Claire's] ER with an opioid dropped by more than two thirds, to under 4 percent, where it has hovered since. Of the 2,413 patients who visited the ER in July, only 82 — about 3 percent — left with a prescription."
The article continued with interviews of Dr. Phillip Chang and Dr. Doug Oyler of UK HealthCare on their work with KHA's Kentucky Statewide Opioid Stewardship program.
The full article is available at https://www.kentucky.com/article235720197.html.
For more information about the Kentucky Statewide Opioid Stewardship (KY SOS) program, please visit www.kentuckysos.com.