Salt Lake City – A year and a half ago, Kelly Howard cried out by reading Intermountain Healthcare's goal of cutting prescriptions for opiates by 40% in 2018
Finally, he remembered himself
The son of Howard, Billy Perkins, died in 2014 from an overdose of opiates. The 26-year-old Perkins was not prescribed opioids at the time of his death, and he bought the drug from friends. "I'm sure my son will never touch drugs or alcohol," she said. "But after getting on an amusement park, he just could not get off."
She praised the hospital on Tuesday for her almost striking at her goal and drawing attention to the serious problem. she said. "Well done doctors and suppliers for their commitment to reducing opioid prescriptions, you did."
Intermountain Healthcare reduced the number of opioids tablets prescribed to patients with severe pain by 3.8 million in 201
. Acute pain is defined as short-lived pain that usually accompanies events such as broken bones or surgery.
In August 2017, the hospital announced its high goal of reducing opioid prescriptions by 40% in 2018, but still achieves a 30% reduction – something to be proud of, according to Lisa Nichols, deputy chairman of the community for health.
"I think the conversation about opiates threats has really opened up and the conversation about addiction and the desire of people to seek help has really changed," she said, "People become much more knowledgeable and think they are better, "
She said the hospital is now aiming to reduce this figure by 5% this year, according to the Department of Health, Utah is one of the nine countries across the country to monitor the reduction in overdose deaths from Opioids from 2016 to 2017.
Dr. David Hassleton, the chief media a cynical specialist at Intermountain Health, said that creating a dialogue between patients and doctors is key to tackling the epidemic.
"It affects patients, affecting families," he said. "Open the door that they can ask us
Another important part, he said, is the creation of a dialogue between doctors. "It is up to us to take the lead in order to understand how to do it better." In order to treat patients under but to really improve community health and stop this epidemic. " Howard said her son had repeatedly tried to get rid of drugs and she did not know how long she was fighting addiction. before telling her about it about two years before his death.
"So much is about stigma, being ashamed or ashamed or not knowing where to find resources," Nichols said. drug abuse and mental health, also speaks in co-operation
"The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Unit is committed to working on data-based approaches that will reduce the impact of prescription drugs and misuse with our communities, "he said. "And finding ways we can get more treatment for those who have been affected by it."
It is up to us to take the lead in order to understand how to do it better. In order to treat patients appropriately, but really to improve community health and stop this epidemic.
-Dr. David Hasleton, Intermountain Health Chief Medical Officer
Thomas talks about the success of the "Use it only as a target" campaign, as well as the Intermounting healthcare mission to tackle the epidemic. of our brothers and sisters, our mothers and fathers, and our friends and family are alive today, "he said. "The opioid epidemic and its serious consequences are well known in Utah, and a comprehensive multidisciplinary effort is needed to reduce overdose deaths," she said.
Addiction can happen to anyone, Howard said. Before her son became addicted to opiates, she said he was an avid reader, loved music and football, and was a proud student at the University of Utah.
"I do not want him to be forgotten," she said. "I do not want any of these sons, daughters, family members, friends to be forgotten, these were once very, very viable people who had a wonderful life, I do not think any of them chose to be that way, and I just want him to be remembered. "