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Henderson Hospital offering unique alternatives to pain medication

Doctors cutting back on prescribing pain meds
Posted: 11:39 AM, Feb 01, 2018
Updated: 2018-02-02 13:53:21Z

A valley hospital is trying to tackle the opioid epidemic. 

Henderson Hospital has found a way to cut back on how often they prescribe pain killers, like Oxycodone, and instead, offer more unique and holistic alternatives, like essential oils.  

This year, a new law went into effect aimed at tackling the opioid epidemic across the state.  Essentially, it adds extra steps a doctor has to take before prescribing pain medication.  

The medical staff at Henderson Hospital says they're already one step ahead of the game. 

"The most important thing is we want to address the individual patient's needs," says Chief Nursing Officer, Tina Koker. 

They've come up with unique alternatives to pain management. You'll notice diffusers in the waiting areas, essential oils offered after surgery, and music playing in the background.  

Koker says doctors will still prescribe pain medication when medically necessary, but they now try to offer the alternatives whenever possible.