An ER Kicks the Habit of Opioids for Pain (NYT via G. Johnson)

Instead of opioids, an ER in New Jersey now treats many pain patients with alternatives like laughing gas, trigger-point injections and even a therapy harp.

Rothman adds: Lewis Nelson, who gave an excellent Grand Rounds here on opioids in June of 2013, “The New Opium War: The Epidemiology of Prescription Opiod Misuse,” is mentioned. (Click the link for full video)

“St. Joe’s is on the leading edge,” said Dr. Lewis S. Nelson, a professor of emergency medicine at New York University School of Medicine, who sat on a panel that recommended recent opioid guidelines for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “But that involved a commitment to changing their entire culture.”


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