FOX23 Investigates: Infants born addicted to opioids

TULSA, Okla. — Quick Facts:

Here is Attorney General Mike Hunter's full interview about opioids:

FOX23's Michelle Linn also talked to local hospitals about their plans for dealing with the opioid crisis and infants:

What St. John Medical Center is taking to address opioid crisis:
  • In light of what St.John is doing to address the opioid crisis, we have started the SBIRT screening. SBIRT is a comprehensive, integrated, public health approach to identifying substance misuse, and delivering early intervention services for persons at risk of developing substance use disorders. 
  • Every patient admitted to the hospital is asked a few questions on drug & alcohol use. The questions are scored and then from the scores, we are able to identify early interventions for most patients. 
  • The providers monitor all controlled substances prescribed through the prescription drug monitoring program 
  • The providers follow a set of guidelines that address pain by prescribing nonopioid medications and using nonpharmacologic treatments when appropriate. 
  • All medication prescribing is electronic
What Hillcrest Hospital is doing to address opioid crisis:
  • Hillcrest performs urine drug screens in all Utica Park Clinics as part of our monitoring program.
  • Hillcrest has developed a set of clinical guidelines to assist providers with pain management.
  • We track all controlled substance prescribing with monthly printed reports for all providers.
  • All prescribing is done electronically.
  • We monitor all controlled substances prescribed through the prescription drug monitoring program website run by the state.
What St. Francis is doing to address opioid crisis:
As part of Saint Francis Health System, Warren Clinic providers are keenly aware of the growing concern regarding opiate prescribing practices in our region. Our clinical priority is to ensure the safety of all of our patients and at the same time address the very real suffering that some patients experience with pain. We seek to augment pain solutions including modalities such as physical therapy, exercise and relaxation techniques whenever possible, and include non-narcotic medications as part of a balanced approach to pain management.
Regarding pain medication prescribing, we adhere to the state regulations that require checking the ONBDD website to ensure, to the best of our ability, that patients are not getting medications from other providers.
Additionally, we recently embarked on putting together an internal task force to monitor prescribing patterns and alternatives for Warren Clinic.”
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