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New Jersey first in US to end use of opioid painkillers

from True Jersey

If you show up at the emergency room of St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center in Paterson, you'll have only a one-in-four chance of leaving there with a prescription for opioid pain pills. Doctors there are now using alternate pain medications and other methods to reduce pain for 75 percent of their patients. St. Joseph's is believed to be the first ER program in the nation to embark on a program to reduce opioid prescriptions. During its first two months, three-fourths of its 300 emergency room patients had their pain managed without opioid pills, according to hospital officials. more

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