Minnesota hospital leads state efforts to fight the opioid crisis, one patient at a time
A hospital prescription bottle was found at the scene of an overdose. In a county of just over 30,000 people, one of the four local pharmacies alone was filling prescriptions for 40,000 narcotic pills every single month.
Care team members at the local hospital knew they had to do something.
“We see an overdose death every three months in our county,” said Dr. Kurt DeVine, a physician at CHI St. Gabriel’s Health in Little Falls, Minnesota. “That’s devastating, and the reality is that it’s preventable.”
DeVine and fellow physician Dr. Heather Bell did what most of us would do – they sat down at their computers and started searching to see if a clinic or hospital had found a solution to their opioid problem. They soon learned that such a program did not exist. They would have to develop with their own solution to help their community – and they did.