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Published on June 18, 2014

Monterey County fights prescription drug abuse, misuse

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Mary Barker: (831) 622-2757

Communication and Marketing: (831) 625-4505 

MONTEREY, Calif. — Prescription drug abuse is on the rise nationwide. More than 7 million people, in fact, admit to using prescription medications recreationally. In Monterey County, that trend is no different. Prescription-drug-related deaths — overdoses — exceed motor vehicle-related deaths. 

Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula has taken the lead in addressing this serious public health issue by bringing together more than a dozen organizations to create the Monterey County Prescribe Safe Initiative. Included in that group are all four county hospitals — Community Hospital, Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System, Natividad Medical Center, and Mee Memorial — in addition to most of the county urgent-care facilities (Doctors on Duty and Monterey Bay Urgent Care); the Monterey County district attorney, coroner, public health and clinics, and sheriff’s departments; the Hospital Council of Northern and Southern California; and the Monterey County Medical Society.

On Wednesday, June 25, from noon-2 p.m. in the Medical Staff office, Community Hospital will host an event to allow physicians in our community to register for a database that allows them access to a patient’s use of prescriptions.

“Being able to see a patient’s pattern of controlled medication use helps healthcare providers determine whether or not that individual is at risk for abuse or misuse,” said Dr. Anthony Chavis, vice president, enterprise Chief Medical Officer for Community Hospital Foundation. “Our goal is to treat medical conditions — such as chronic pain — effectively and safely. If someone comes into our Emergency department seeking controlled medications, this database helps us only provide pain relief options that are safe and correct.”

 

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ABOUT COMMUNITY HOSPITAL

CommunityHospital of the MontereyPeninsula, established in 1934, has grown and evolved in direct response to the changing healthcare needs of the people it serves. It is a nonprofit healthcare provider with 205 staffed acute-care hospital beds and 28 skilled-nursing beds, delivering a continuum of care from birth to end of life, and every stage in between. It serves the MontereyPeninsula and surrounding communities through locations including the main hospital, outpatient facilities, satellite laboratories, a mental health clinic, a short-term skilled nursing facility, Hospice of the CentralCoast, and business offices. Find more information about CommunityHospital of the MontereyPeninsula at http://www.chomp.org/