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Painkiller overprescribing and misuse is on the rise. Learn how different sectors of the health care safety net are addressing this problem in Alameda County.
April 27, 2015
CHCF sought family medicine and internal medicine residency programs to join an action group focused on safe prescribing practices for opioid-dependent patients. Applications were due May 12.
Overuse of prescription opioids has led to high rates of addiction and even death. Health care leaders discussed how to manage the use of high-dose opioids in the safety net.
A pilot project aims to prevent prescription painkiller overdoses by educating prescribers about naloxone — a drug that counters the effects of opioids and saves lives.
A pilot project shows that medication order review by remote pharmacists — dubbed telepharmacy — offers a viable solution for rural hospitals that lack night and weekend coverage.
CHCF's Health Innovation Fund invests in PipelineRx, a telepharmacy company that offers safety-net and rural hospitals access to remote pharmacy consultations.