A New Hampshire program started in 2008 to curb drug addiction has led to a significant drop in painkiller prescriptions for prison inmates, according to a Nashua Telegraph
The state assembled a traveling pain management clinic consisting of a physician, a registered nurse, a physical therapist and a mental health counselor to address inmates' pain management needs without prescription drugs when possible. Alternative treatment includes diet, exercise and physical therapy.
Between 2008 and 2011, vicodin prescriptions among inmates dropped by 85 percent, hydrocodone prescriptions fell by 65 percent and morphine prescriptions dropped by 60 percent, the report said.
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