August 24, 2016

Editorial: A tool to help in the war against opioid abuse

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The numbers are shocking, the human toll incalculable.

Ativan is among the common prescription opiates.

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Ativan is among the common prescription opiates.

Data released early this month by the Mass. Department of Public Health revised upward the 2014 and 2015 numbers of unintentional opioid-related deaths in the state and presented preliminary data for this year.


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  1. NH has hit this problem …and continues looking for new solutions. PCPs can no longer prescribe opioid painkillers. If you have sufficient pain to warrant a heavy pain killer, you should be seeking specialized pain care. Those are the providers you must use for pain medication. Also the use of medicinal marijuana can help trim those needing pain relief from chronic pain. Finally, we have started having our EMTs carry Narcan. There is also a program in place utilizing our Firehouses as safe spots where you can seek treatment for an overdose – no repercussions . Far to many young people die because no one present wants to call in an overdose of opioids. In July 2016, Manchester NH logged in 81 official overdoses…only 10 deaths. Keeping a tighter rein on prescriptions is a good start. Happy for you MA!