One Indiana county employed a communitywide effort to reduce narcotic-seeking behaviors, and they are sharing their ideas to help others. When the Quality Assurance Department at Grant County Memorial Hospital in Marion saw steep increases in patients requesting narcotics in 2012, they realized it would take the whole community to solve the problem.
On Aug. 28, Ann Vermilion, MBA, FACHE, administrative director of Medical Staff Services and Community Outreach, Marion General Hospital, will discuss their effort during the Pain and Addiction Management Conference at the Medical Academic Center in Carmel. She will explain how her community involved pharmacies, attorneys, police, dentists, physicians and others to change the numbers.
Those numbers did change. The overall number of pills dispensed dropped by 64,900 from 2014 to 2015, through a variety of actions.
You can hear directly from those involved in the Grant County activities, as well as other speakers on this important topic, by registering today for the Pain and Addiction Management Conference on the ISMA website.