In the state of Washington, a new study has found that overdose death rates decreased 27 percent between 2008 and 2012, Medical News Today reports. The findings showed that average opioid doses prescribed in Washington also dropped.
"Our State's ability to shift this epidemic into reverse has been the result of strong partnerships among state agencies, university pain specialists, legislators and health care providers," said lead author and Univ. of Washington professor Gary Franklin, Medical Director, Washington State Department of Labor and Industries.
The turn of the tide is the result of:
- New Dosing Guidelines
- Prescription Drug Monitoring Program
- On-line Programs for Health Care Providers
- New State Laws
Using advance technology, COPE is able to reach healthcare providers even in the most remote areas across the state and the region, according to the article.
This month, the United States' Department of Health and Human Services will release the National Pain Strategy.
The findings were published in the American Journal of Public Health.