Colorado doctors, hospitals test standards to reduce opioid addiction

Doctors in eight hospitals and three free-standing emergency rooms in Colorado will test new guidelines to reduce opioid addiction. The pilot will be tested for efficacy after three months. It was developed by the Colorado Hospital Association and the state chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians. Supporters say it won’t eliminate prescriptions for opioids; instead, ER physicians will be prompted to offer suitable alternatives. ER providers may also choose to prescribe medication-assisted therapy immediately to patients who need addiction services rather than referring patients to a rehab clinic.