Harrisburg – The departments of Drug and
Alcohol Programs and Health, in partnership with the Pennsylvania Medical
Society, today announced the adoption of new guidelines for pain treatment to
be used in hospital emergency departments statewide.
As part of
his plan to reduce prescription drug abuse and overdoses in Pennsylvania,
Governor Corbett directed the departments of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP)
and Health (DOH) to establish the Safe and Effective Prescribing Practices and
Pain Management Task Force to work toward safer prescribing practices in the
force is doing a tremendous job identifying solutions to combat the escalating
prescription opioid abuse epidemic in Pennsylvania,” DDAP Secretary Gary Tennis
said. “These guidelines will cut down on the number of prescription drugs
inappropriately being prescribed to individuals and will reduce
over-utilization of emergency rooms for pain relief.”
Emergency Department Pain Treatment guidelines recommend appropriate treatment
to relieve pain and to identify individuals who may be abusing or are addicted
to prescription opioid drugs so that they can be referred to treatment.
and action among the emergency health community and the residents of
Pennsylvania is a key component to addressing opioid drug problems,” Physician
General Dr. Carrie DeLone said. “These guidelines will help doctors break the
deadly cycle of the unlawful obtaining of prescription drugs.”
guidelines are the next steps in fighting prescription drug abuse in
Pennsylvania. Let’s not stop there. More work can be done and needs to be
done in our battle against misuse and abuse of prescription drugs,”
Pennsylvania Medical Society and Philadelphia County Medical Society member,
Dr. Ted Christopher, said.
Emergency Department Pain Treatment guidelines were developed by the
Pennsylvania College of Emergency Physicians and presented to Governor
Corbett’s Safe and Effective Prescribing Practices and Pain Management Task
Force on July 29.
The goal of
the task force is to review prescribing practices and identifying guidelines to
promote safer and more effective pain management by health care
providers. In addition, it is working to ensure prescribers and
dispensers are able to identify drug abuse and addiction problems in their
patients in order to refer them for drug and alcohol assessment and for the
appropriate level of treatment.
force includes representation from health care professionals, associations and
the group established and released guidelines on the Use of Opioids to Treat
Chronic Noncancer pain.
To view the
Pennsylvania Guidelines online, visit http://www.pamedsoc.org/ERopioidguidelines
Miller, DDAP, 717-547-3314
Senior, DOH, 717-787-1783