N.H. hospitals using ‘March of Dimes’ grant to battle opioid epidemic

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N.H. hospitals using ‘March of Dimes’ grant to battle opioid epidemic

New Hampshire hospitals are using a grant from the March of Dimes to provide coordinated, compassionate health care to mothers and babies affected by the opioid crisis.

Like many other parts of New England, the Granite State is in the grip of opioid (a group of painkillers many patients become addicted to) crisis. Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s Perinatal Addiction Treatment Program is an effort to battle the opioid addiction.

The Perinatal Addiction Treatment Program is creating an online toolkit for hospitals and other health centers that are in need of consistent guidelines and a systematic approach to provide care.

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The toolkit includes consent forms for enabling patients’ addiction treatment providers and medical care teams to share required information and work with one another.

Project coordinator Daisy Goodman said in a statement, “Providers were saying, ‘I feel like my patients have two different health care teams – they have their addiction treatment provider and they have their perinatal health care team, and the two don’t talk to each other. This is not a safe situation.”

The growing list of participating sites include Dartmouth-Hitchcock clinics in Lebanon, Claremont and New London; Cheshire Medical Center in Keene, Maine’s Waldo County General Hospital, Catholic Medical Center in Manchester, Memorial Hospital in Conway, and Manchester Health Center.

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