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Massachusetts seeks to reduce opioid abuse

Case Management Insider, March 24, 2015

The Massachusetts Hospital Association (MHA) is taking steps to help prevent opioid abuse.

In February, the MHA and its Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Task Force (SAPTTF/Task Force) recommended new guidelines to help healthcare providers head off addiction. The goal is to improve opioid screening, adjust prescribing practices to prevent addiction, and provide tools to give healthcare facilities additional resources to work with patients before prescribing opioids in the emergency department.
“The current high number of injuries and deaths that result from misuse and addiction to opioids,” said Lynn Nicholas, FACHE, president and chief executive officer of MHA. “The tragedy of substance abuse has many root causes, and it will take a comprehensive approach to effectively tackle the situation. Massachusetts hospitals, health systems and affiliated physician practices have a crucial leadership role to play in helping to find and implement solutions.”
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