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Florida hospital slashes painkiller use by 36 percent after revamped emergency protocol

from Becker's Hospital Review

Bradenton, Florida-based Manatee Memorial Hospital and Lakewood Ranch (Fla.) Medical Center are no longer using opioids as a first line of defense in the emergency department, resulting in a significant decrease in opioid use, the Bradenton Herald reports. The method, which launched at the two hospitals in February, is called Alternatives to Opioids. Since ALTO's launch, Manatee Memorial has seen a 36 percent reduction in the amount of hydrocodone, hydromorphine, morphine and oxycodone dispensed or prescribed in its ED. more

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