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Avera Supports Efforts to Curb Opioid Dangers

Nov 27, 2017 02:29PM ● By Digital Media Director

Avera Health is also taking a multi-level approach to combating the opioid abuse and overdose problem in our region.

Avera began its Responsible Prescribing Program in 2016, and more than 1,700 controlled substance abuse agreements have been signed between patients and providers since then. Avera is also continuing to review its approaches to pain management and has also taken steps to make it easier for physicians to prescribe electronically to reduce the risk of fraudulent prescriptions.

The health system’s pharmacy also joined with Hy-Vee pharmacy locations to offer over-the-counter access to naloxone, an anti-overdose drug that can save lives. In addition, AveraNow can help people in need of naloxone access a prescription through their smartphone, tablet or laptop. This service may be especially useful for individuals and families in rural areas.

Avera also recently partnered with the US Attorney’s Office to host a conference focused on efforts to curb the impact of opioid abuse. That October 18 event included noted speakers from across the country and the state of South Dakota who shared insights with a crowd of more than 400, including people in law enforcement, government, healthcare, education and social services and many others.