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Major health provider sees big opioid prescription decline

Oct 27, 2017 - Associated Press

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A major health care system serving the upper Midwest said this week that the number of opioid pills it prescribes has fallen by almost a quarter as it works to respond to America's opioid epidemic.

South Dakota-headquartered Sanford Health started analyzing its prescribing last year to direct its response to rising opioid and heroin overdose deaths, said Doug Griffin, who spearheaded the system's data collection as vice president and medical officer for Sanford in ...