Toolkit helps cut opioid addiction
The Riverside University Health System has developed an electronic toolkit designed to decrease opioid addiction among patients who use the drugs to alleviate chronic pain.
The “Chronic Pain Toolkit has been in place for several months at the health system’s medical center in Moreno Valley and its 10 community health centers throughout the county, according to a statement.
The toolkit recommends a monthly urine test and a written agreement between the patient and the doctor about the benefits and risks, about the limitations of opioid medicines.
It also offers options for referral to the chronic pain pharmacists or behavioral health services.
The 125-year-old health system treats about a half-million inpatient and outpatient health and behavioral health patients every year, according to the statement.