Joined by health care providers and state health experts including MHA and the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS), Lt. Gov. Tina Smith on Dec. 1 announced new guidelines designed to cut the risk of opioid addiction. The new guidelines were developed by a work group made up of health care providers and community partners and will help doctors and other health care providers decide when to prescribe these powerful painkillers, how much to prescribe and how to monitor their use.
The new guidelines, currently in draft form, aim to curb the number of unnecessary opioid prescriptions for acute pain and promote effective alternatives, encourage careful monitoring of prescription opioid use and encourage compassionate care for chronic opioid users to help them to decrease opioid use over time.
The new guidelines were developed collaboratively by the Opioid Prescribing Work Group, a group of physicians, pharmacists and consumer and law enforcement representatives, as well as staff from DHS, the Minnesota Department of Health and the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry. Public input was solicited throughout the development of the new guidelines. Now that these draft guidelines have been released, a 30-day public comment period begins.
“The guidelines being rolled out today put in place consistent, statewide recommendations for all health care providers who prescribe opioids,” said Dr. Rahul Koranne, chief medical officer, MHA. “Minnesota hospitals and health systems are working to decrease both the amount of opioids prescribed and the variation in prescribing among health care providers. We are ready to work with DHS to implement these guidelines to achieve those goals.”