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News Article

August 21st 2017

The Company Quietly Making Opioid Addiction Searchable

It happens all the time at one of Palmetto Health’s five emergency rooms in Columbia, S.C., says emergency medicine physician Tripp Jennings. A patient comes in complaining of pain somewhere, and the attending physician types his name into a computer database and discovers he’s already been prescribed ­opioids—a lot of them. On further questioning, the patient cops to struggling with addiction. So instead of opioids, the patient gets a different kind of medication, or in some cases is sent to drug counseling.