Every day, more than 90 Americans die after overdosing on opioids. Of those 90 people, 14 are from Ohio and West Virginia. In 2016, Ohio and West Virginia led the nation as the two states with the highest rates of opioid deaths. Early data released for 2017 show no relief from this national crisis as opioid overdoses overall have increased 30 percent nationwide, with a 70 percent increase seen in the Midwest.
“At Holzer Health System, our providers and staff are acutely aware of the national opioid epidemic and its destructive effort on our patients and the communities we serve,” stated Michael Canady, MD, Chief Executive Officer, Holzer Health System. “Every day our providers balance the potential risks of prescription pain relievers with our desire to provide timely and compassionate care to our patients.”
Rodney Stout, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Holzer Health System shared, “Holzer providers are aware that there are many paths to change this epidemic. Our providers are expanding their knowledge about addiction, reassessing patients’ needs for long-term opioid use, following new state guidelines for prescription pain medicines, and utilizing non-opioid treatment strategies as the preferred methods for treating chronic pain.”
At Holzer, we are committed to do our part to help patients avoid addictive medicines and to protect the health and well-being of our communities. Over the next several months, we will be providing additional updates regarding our ongoing efforts to put an end to this national crisis.
“As Holzer Health System leaders, we pledge to you, our patients, to use every available resource to support the fight against this national epidemic,” said Brent Saunders, Chairman of the Board, Holzer Health System. “As all of us are aware, the opioid crisis affects us all and we are committed to bringing an end to it.”