Hospital emergency departments across Northeast Mississippi are looking hard at how they use opioid pain medication.
Although Mississippi has not experienced the wave of overdose deaths that other states have seen in recent years, the state has had an extremely high level of opioid prescriptions written each year. This has officials worried the state could be on the brink of an epidemic.
On today’s episode, Daily Journal health reporter Michaela Morris (6:33) joins Brad and guest co-host Chris Kieffer for an extensive discussion of the issue and how it is leading to changes in emergency room practices.
Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle in Columbus recently implemented a new policy to no longer use opioids to treat chronic pain. Tupelo’s North Mississippi Medical Center has seen its protocols evolve to include alternatives to opioids where possible and to give the lowest effective doses and shortest courses when they are appropriate for acute pain.
Today’s discussion follows extensive reporting Michaela and William Moore did last month on Mississippi’s threatening opioid crisis.
William (33:03) also joins us on today’s episode to talk about the efforts of local groups that are gearing up to aid tornado victims in the Hattiesburg and Petal areas.
Also, Daily Journal photographer Lauren Wood (40:07) discusses her recent photo essay that looks inside the taping of the Mississippi Sports Today radio program.