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Ten ERs In Colorado Tried To Curtail Opioids And Did Better Than Expected Print E-mail
Written by John Daley, Colorado Public Radio via KHN   
Tuesday, 27 February 2018 18:34

DENVER - One of the most common reasons patients head to an emergency room is pain. In response, doctors may try something simple at first, like ibuprofen or acetaminophen. If that wasn't effective, the second line of defense has been the big guns. "Percocet or Vicodin," explained ER doctor Peter Bakes of Swedish Medical Center, "medications that certainly have contributed to the rising opioid epidemic." Now, though, physicians are looking for alternatives to help cut opioid use and curtail potential abuse. Ten Colorado hospitals, including Swedish in Englewood, Colo., participated in a six-month pilot project designed to cut opioid use, the Colorado Opioid Safety Collaborative.

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