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|West Virginia Nurses Association Endorses Strategy in Opioid Fight by HTTN by Idowu Olabode : October 15, 2016, 08:49:51 PM|
West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey welcomed recent support from the West Virginia Nurses Association for his initiative aimed at cutting prescription opioid use by at least 25 percent.
The Nurses Association, in a letter received this week, said its leadership writes in “emphatic support” of the best practices tool kit, which the Attorney General unveiled in draft form in May and finalized in August.
“WVNA applauds the Attorney General’s office for taking this hands on approach to assist in improving our state’s health,” wrote Beth Baldwin, the group’s president. “This front-line approach encourages health care providers to learn and utilize alternative therapies to treat pain, receive complete education and training in appropriate approaches to pain control and identify and assist potentially impaired or afflicted citizens in need of life restoring or saving therapy.”
The Nurses Association joins the American Medical Association, American Osteopathic Association and West Virginia’s Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses, along with the West Virginia State Medical Association and the West Virginia Board of Medicine among many others supporting this first-of-its-kind initiative for the Mountain State.
“I thank the West Virginia Nurses Association for its strong support,” Attorney General Morrisey said. “Nurses are on the frontline of pain treatment and play an important role in ensuring that today’s patient does not become tomorrow’s addict. It’s an honor they recognize our guidelines as the best tool to limit opioid prescriptions.”
The Attorney General’s best practices initiative urges prescribers to regularly monitor their patient’s use of opioid drugs; utilize physical exams and urine tests to spot evidence of misuse; and educate each patient about the risks of opioid treatment, only then approving opioids after a screening and consideration of alternatives.
Likewise, pharmacists are encouraged to verify the legitimacy of each patient, prescriber and prescription, in addition to ensuring the medication, dose, quantity and any mix thereof is safe and appropriate.
It underscores the importance of both professions utilizing the state’s controlled substance monitoring database; educating patients about safe use, storage and disposal of opioid drugs; and incorporating naloxone into opioid treatment discussions.
Read the West Virginia Nursing Association’s letter of support at http://bit.ly/2eaKQUc.
The Attorney General’s best practices for prescribing and dispensing opioid drugs, along with a list of the initiative’s supporters can be found at www.wvago.gov.
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