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Manatee Emergency Rooms Implement ALTO (Alternative to Opioids)

Ramos Center for Interventional & Functional Pain Medicine supports alternatives to opioid options. We believe there are safer alternative solutions that can help you manage your pain and feel better.

Manatee Emergency Rooms Implement ALTO (Alternative to Opioids)

Manatee Emergency Rooms Implement ALTO (Alternative to Opioids). Opioids are substances which act on opioid receptors to produce analgesic effects which decrease pain in the body. Unfortunately, users can become dependant on these types of drugs leading to addiction, overdose, and even death. In efforts to combat this rising epidemic, Manatee Emergency Rooms are implementing ALTO, or Alternative to Opioids, solutions.

The Ramos Center understands that chronic pain can seriously affect your life. And it stops people from enjoying everyday activities such as sports, hobbies and even interferes with work. With the busy lives people lead, Ramos Center supports alternatives to opioid options. Afterall, why let pain rule your life?

Opioid overdose is the number 1 killer of Americans under the age of 50,’ said Dr. Alexis LaPietra, the medical director of Emergency Medicine Pain Management Program at St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in Paterson, N.J and unfortunately, Bradenton is the opioid overdose capital of Florida and nobody knows why.

As the opioid epidemic makes waves throughout Florida, several area medical facilities are taking action against it with a relatively new method called ALTO. ALTO’s goal is to reduce the number of prescriptions written, by testing other avenues of pain management.

Dr. LaPietra and Manatee Memorial Hospital’s Chairman of Emergency Medicine, Dr. Mark Rosenberg, developed this groundbreaking method and Manatee Memorial Hospital and Lakewood Ranch Medical Center are excited to streamline this new form of treatment.

This method is a three-pronged approach:

  • Prevention
  • Treatment
  • Harm Reduction

Step 1. Prevention- addresses how opioids get into the hands of patients with acute pain. Opioids are typically shoveled out to patients because it’s a quick method for pain management. However, according to Dr. Teresa Rawe, Medical Director of Manatee Memorial Hospital’s Emergency Department, narcotics may work faster, but that doesn’t mean they offer the best results.

Step 2. Treatment- Case and point, with the implementation of ALTO a Lidocaine patch or a combination of Motrin and Tylenol could suffice for back pain instead of prescribing a narcotic, suggests Rawe. Additionally, laughing gas, acupuncture and aromatherapy are adequate alternative methods of treating various symptoms.

Step 3. Harm reduction- LaPietra is an avid believer in the needle exchange program, as it allows addicts to live long enough to seek treatment. However, LaPietra says “we don’t embrace addiction.”

Prescriptions are a gateway drug and nearly 80 percent of heroin users’ addictions, started there. Sadly, forty percent of opioid overdose deaths in 2016 involved prescription drugs, said Stephanie Brown, a pharmacy clinical coordinator at Manatee Memorial.

Statistics don’t lie– In 2016, Manatee Memorial saw 1,396 drug overdoses- that’s up 300 from 2015. While through October 2017, the figure is 1,093- the numbers continue to fluctuate.

For the last two years, a New Jersey hospital is implementing ALTO and sees a 57 percent reduction in how many opioids they prescribed. Fewer opioids released into the community makes for fewer addicts coming through hospital doors.

“We believe this is the right thing as we move forward in developing a program in our emergency department and in our hospital on how to address the opioid issue in our community,” Manatee Memorial CEO Kevin DiLallo said.

Emergency rooms will always offer opioids, however, educating patients to consider alternative options to pain management is vital.

Those of us at Ramos Center support the groundbreaking efforts of Doctors LaPietra and Rosenberg and are excited to see how this impacts future medicine here in Bradenton!

Opioids are substances which act on opioid receptors to produce analgesic effects which decrease pain in the body. Unfortunately, users can become dependant on these types of drugs leading to addiction, overdose, and even death. In efforts to combat this rising epidemic, Manatee Emergency Rooms are implementing ALTO, or Alternative to Opioids, solutions.

The Ramos Center understands that chronic pain can seriously affect your life. And it stops people from enjoying everyday activities such as sports, hobbies and even interferes with work. With the busy lives people lead, Ramos Center supports alternatives to opioid options. Afterall, why let pain rule your life?

Opioid overdose is the number 1 killer of Americans under the age of 50,’ said Dr. Alexis LaPietra, the medical director of Emergency Medicine Pain Management Program at St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in Paterson, N.J.

As the opioid epidemic makes its waves throughout Florida, several area medical facilities are taking action against it with a relatively new method called ALTO. ALTO’s goal is to reduce the number of prescriptions written, by testing other avenues of pain management. This method is a three-pronged approach including prevention, treatment, and harm reduction.

Step 1. Prevention- addresses how opioids get into the hands of patients with acute pain. Opioids are typically shoveled out to patients because it’s a quick method for pain management.

Step 2. Treatment- Case and point, with the implementation of ALTO a Lidocaine patch or a combination of Motrin and Tylenol could suffice for back pain instead of prescribing a narcotic, suggests Rawe.

Step 3. Harm reduction- The needle exchange program, allows addicts to live long enough to seek treatment.

Emergency rooms will always offer opioids, however, educating patients to consider alternative options to pain management is vital.

Those of us at Ramos Center support the groundbreaking efforts of Doctors LaPietra and Rosenberg and are excited to see how this impacts future medicine here in Bradenton!