With authorities scrambling to do something, almost anything, to help alleviate the opioid abuse problem that has gripped unprecedented numbers across the country, an effective New Jersey program caught the attention of a few congresspeople and will soon see implementation across the country. Best of all, this program is incredibly easy to implement and won’t cost hospitals or taxpayers a ton of money. All it will require is a little bit of retraining and nothing more.

The program, called ALTO (Alternatives to Opioids – and is also Spanish for “Stop”), simply cuts opioids from being used in emergency room settings unless it is an absolutely last resort. For top rated drug rehab centers like Discovery where the staff actually cares about patients and substance abuse, we can only hope ALTO helps fight the spread of opioid addiction.


Another New Jersey program to address opioid addiction has become a national model, as federal lawmakers seek to replicate an approach developed by St. Joseph’s Medical Center that has greatly reduced use of these addictive drugs in the hospital’s emergency room.

U.S. Senators Robert Menendez and Cory Booker and U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell (all D-NJ), who represents the area, returned to the Paterson hospital Monday, just over two years after they first announced the opioid-reduction program with leaders at St. Joseph’s. Since its launch in January 2016, the initiative — ALTO, or Alternatives to Opioids — has cut opioid use in the hospital’s emergency department, the state’s busiest, by more than 80 percent. Click Here to Continue Reading


Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MD

Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MDDr. Jeffrey Berman is a psychiatrist in Teaneck, New Jersey and is affiliated with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. He received his medical degree from State University of New York Upstate Medical University and has been in practice for more than 20 years. He also speaks multiple languages, including French and Hebrew.

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