New York state to cre­ate pi­lot pro­ject aimed at eas­ing opi­oid use

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Leg­is­la­tors in New York ap­proved $500,000 in fund­ing to a launch pi­lot pro­ject that aims to get emer­gency depart­ment doc­tors to pre­scribe al­terna-

tive treat­ments for pain to re­duce their use of opi­oids.

The Opi­oid Al­ter­na­tive Pro­ject, ini­ti­ated by the Iro­quois Health­care Al­liance, a trade or­ga­ni­za­tion rep­re­sent­ing 54 hos­pi­tals in up­state New York, hopes to im­prove opi­oid pre­scrib­ing prac­tices in emer­gency depart­ments.

Opi­oid-re­lated deaths in New York rose by 71% from 2010 to 2015. In up­state New York, opi­oid-re­lated deaths in­creased by 23% in 2016 with some ar­eas within the re­gion see­ing spikes in deaths of more than 50% com­pared with the pre­vi­ous year, ac­cord­ing to the state Depart­ment of Health.

The pro­gram was adapted from a model con­ducted by the Colorado Hos­pi­tal As­so­ci­a­tion in 2017. Par­tic­i­pants there re­duced opi­oid pre­scrib­ing an av­er­age of 36% over six months while in­creas­ing pre­scrip­tions for al­ter­na­tive pain ther­a­pies an av­er­age of 31% dur­ing the study pe­riod.

Be­tween 10 and 15 hos­pi­tal mem­bers of the Iro­quois Health­care Al­liance are ex­pected to take part in the pi­lot, ac­cord­ing to Amelia Trigg, com­mu­ni­ca­tions man­ager for the al­liance, but a list of par­tic­i­pants has not been com­pleted. She said the pro­ject will run for one year, with the plan­ning phase slated to take ap­prox­i­mately six months and then an­other five months of data col­lec­tion among the par­tic­i­pat­ing EDs to mon­i­tor each fa­cil­ity’s progress.

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