December 4, 2017 – The disease of addiction does not discriminate based on gender, age, race or any other factor. It can affect everyone. That’s why health officials are always examining guidelines to enact the most effective methods to address the epidemic.
Recently, Pennsylvania’s acting health secretary and physician general, Dr. Rachel Levine, and addiction experts unveiled the latest guidelines for healthcare professionals to administer opioids more appropriately, PhillyVoice reports.
The key focus was the importance of prescribing such medications carefully to children and adolescents because of the risk of developing an addiction. From the report:
“These guidelines provide pediatricians and family doctors with tools to determine the best form of treatment and work to prevent children from becoming addicted to opioids,” Levine said.
The task force — which included some CHOP physicians — behind the chance assembled 10 prescription guidelines designed to properly treat children and cut the risk for addiction.
Most notable of the changes is an emphasis that prescriptions for children should be administered for the lowest effective dose and only in cases of moderate to severe pain.
The state also recommends psychotherapy, including cognitive-behavioral therapy, for treating pain in lieu of prescribing opioids.
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