In other hospital board news, Smith reported on performance updates and other quality assurance initiatives. Norman Regional Health System’s emergency department and urgent care facilities are following state recommendations for opioid painkillers, Smith said.
Oklahoma is ranked No. 1 for hydrocodone use, a statistic the state said should not be proud of, Smith said.
He reported that statistics indicate 71 percent of unintentional poisoning deaths involve prescription opioid pain killers. For that reason, new guidelines have been issued.
Emergency rooms will not:
· Prescribe long-acting opioid painkillers such as oxycodone, morphine, fentanyl patches or methadone.
· Prescribe more than a short course of opioid painkillers — in most cases, three days.
· Refill lost, stolen or destroyed prescriptions.
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