- Associated Press - Thursday, March 24, 2016

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Charleston Area Medical Center officials are considering limiting the type and quantity of drugs they prescribe in their emergency rooms following state and federal recommendations to limit opioid distribution.

CAMC chief operating officer Dr. Glen Crotty told members of the hospital’s board of directors Wednesday that the hospital system is reviewing what medications it will allow and working on reducing the current 30-to-45-day prescriptions to about five days, the Charleston Gazette-Mail (http://bit.ly/1pAaK92) reported.

The announcement followed recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the West Virginia Hospital Association, which are cautioning against filling long-term opioid prescriptions.

The CDC guidelines recommend that doctors avoid opioids as a first choice when treating musculoskeletal pain. They also recommend that doctors should attempt to treat pain first without any medication.

According to the CSC, West Virginia has one of the highest opioid-prescribing rates per person in the nation: 137.6 per 100 persons.

The West Virginia Hospital Association also developed its own guidelines with the help of a task force made up of doctors and nurses. Its recommendations include having one physician responsible for prescribing opioids to a given patient, and requiring a patient to have a government-issued ID for an opioid prescription.

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Information from: The Charleston Gazette-Mail, http://wvgazettemail.com.

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