The National Institute on Drug Abuse has noted that every day in the United States, 115 people die after overdosing on opioids. The drugs we are speaking about are prescription pain relievers, heroin and synthetic opioids such as fentanyl. It’s clear that this is a national crisis affecting the public health of our communities as well as their social and economic welfare. In this episode you will hear the story of an innovative, award winning, community collaborative with St Gabriel’s Hospital in Little Falls, Minnesota, that is successfully responding in that community to their opioid crisis. This replicable program is spreading not only with in the state of Minnesota but nationally. This story will be told by members of the community, some of whom participate in the community collaborative response called the Morrison County Prescription Drug Abuse Task Force.
Resources referenced in this episode:
- Replication Manual for St Gabriel Opioid Addiction Response
- Catholic Health Association of the United States Achievement Citation: CHI St. Gabriel’s
- MN Hospital Association: Community Based Care Collaboration Prevents Opioid Abuse
- Little Falls ECHO Program
- CDC Prescribing Guidelines
- Buprenorphine Training