Nolan Lauds Minnesota Community-Based Opioid Treatment Model On Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health "Member Day"
U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan today lauded a Minnesota community-based opioid treatment model in submitted testimony to the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health’s "Member Day." The model program is being undertaken by CHI-St. Gabriel’s & Morrison County Prescription Drug Abuse Project.
“Make no mistake about it – the abuse of opioids and other prescription drugs has become an epidemic and a crisis of major proportion in this country,” wrote Nolan in his testimony. “With all that in mind – there is probably no more innovative or successful intervention program in the country than the community-based model being undertaken in Minnesota by CHI-St. Gabriel’s & Morrison County Prescription Drug Abuse Project.”
“The fact is, doctors are not only managing pain better, but they are doing it with many new and effective options that don’t include long term use of narcotics,” continued Nolan. “This program has become a model for our entire Nation, and I wanted to share it with the Committee today for their awareness and examination.”
The community-based model brings together doctors, nurses, pharmacists, social workers, law enforcement, home health and skilled nursing professionals and educators to address the opioid crisis. In the community of Little Falls, the four pharmacies participating in the model have experienced a 23 percent decrease in controlled substance prescriptions, and 324 patients have tapered off controlled substances entirely, primarily through the use of suboxone.
Additionally, 370,000 fewer controlled substances have entered the community since the program began. At approximately $7 dollars per dose, that represents a savings of about $2.6 million dollars every year for patients in Morrison County.