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New Hampshire Doctors Have New Tool To Fight Prescription Drug AbuseAs overdose deaths from prescription painkillers and the demand for treatment for opioid addiction has more than quadrupled, there has been a call-to-action to experts in medicine and opiate addiction for a resolution. Members of the Governor's Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, the state Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Services, and a leading researcher in the field will speak at a press conference to discuss the unveiling of a new tool which could potentially aid in the control of these harmful drugs.

At the conference, which will be held on Wednesday, December 10, at the Legislative Office Building in Concord, Dr. Seddon Savage, a researcher at Dartmouth Center of Addiction, Recovery and Education, will unveil the web-based resource and guidebook for New Hampshire doctors and other prescribers.

The site lists a wide range of "best-practice" guidelines pertaining to opioid use and pain management. It includes links to local resources for physicians and patients alike, so they can better adhere to the standards of prescription. The goal is to go more in depth with doctor-patient contracts on prescriptions, as well as the usage of them.

Savage, who is leading the group working to implement the statewide plan, written by the Governor's Commission, pointed out that similar websites exist, but that none are so in depth or tied so closely to local resources. This website should also be far more accessible to the doctors and patients in the area. In conjunction with the monitoring database which is available in most states, those speaking at the conference hope that the new web-site will empower clinicians to further utilize the system.

The only hitch that has been plaguing the safe-guards set up by the state, is that both programs are completely voluntary. It is impossible to force doctors and patients to use the prescription database, which does monitor the amount of prescriptions and dosages given out by health care professionals. Both the prescription monitoring database and the soon to be released web resource will be set up to help combat the rate of pain killer addiction; however, unless patients and clinicians alike utilize the tools available, it will remain ineffective.

At the seminar, speakers such as members of the state, local healthcare, law enforcement and patients, will help spread the urgency of utilizing the tools which are being set in place to aid the community. The goal is to provide higher information on the subject of prescribing painkillers, as well as the drugs themselves, so that the community of New Hampshire as a whole can recover from the plague of opioid dependence.

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