As the deadly impact of the opioid epidemic becomes more apparent across the United States, efforts are ramping up to understand and address the numerous factors contributing to the crisis.
Montgomery County commissioner Dr. Val Arkoosh is raising awareness in the medical industry on the dangers of prescribing opioids to patients who don’t require them, CBS3 reports. Arkoosh is a nationally-recognized public health policy expert after serving as an anesthesiologist before her run for public office, according to the county’s website.
Malvern Institute operates two treatment centers in Montgomery County: an inpatient campus in Willow Grove and an outpatient facility in Pottstown.
Arkoosh suggests doctors and physicians should limit the amount of opioids prescribed or try other options:
Arkoosh says patients, or parents of patients, need to know they can tell their care-giver they don’t want opioids, and she says there are options, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen.
“There is another medication called Ketorolac, which is similar to ibuprofen, that is almost as effective as morphine as a pain reliever but is not a narcotic, has no addictive properties to it,” she explained.
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