T.J. Samson Community Hospital joins the fight against opioid abuse

GLASGOW Ky.- In 2017, over 1,100 reported deaths in Kentucky were opioid related, according to the National Institute On Drug Abuse. This emergency has been noted.

As part of an effort called the Kentucky Opioid Response Effort, hospitals all over the Bluegrass State are joining forces to end opioid abuse. It’s done through the Kentucky Statewide Opioid Stewardship Campaign. T.J. Samson Community Hospital in Glasgow is now involved in that effort, and chief executive officer of T.J. Regional Health Niel Thornbury said he’s ready to join the fight.

“We’re very excited. It’s a very important partnership with the Kentucky Hospital Association that’s really driving this campaign, along with the Cabinet for Health and Family Services.

The movement is still in the beginning stages, but the battle plan is to equip hospitals with resources and education on opioid stewardship, access to clinical advisers and direct support and coordination from the Kentucky Hospital Association.

This is big news for physicians like Dr. Sachin Bahadur, who witness the effects of opioids commonly.

“I see a lot of chronic pain patients who come into the clinic. These patients have been on opioid medications for years,” Bahadur said.

Because of what he has witnessed with opioid use, medical providers are looking forward to receiving help at the state level.

“We’re looking for more directions from the state to see how we can be a part of the team to help out and tackle the opioid crisis. we’re looking for guidelines, we’re looking for any parameters that they want to fix from us,” Bahadur said.

With the entire initiative, patient safety and care is the number one goal.

“The hope is Kentucky becomes a leader in how to address this issue. Obviously, the ultimate goal would be to try to get better patient care, so we don’t have these issues. When we’re all on the same page throughout one end of the state to the other, and we’ve got the Kentucky Hospital Association driving that, that’s a good formula for a great outcome,” Thornbury said.