Vail Health announces programs to fight drug abuse and access in Eagle County

Vail Health is offering Deterra pouches to patients.

“Our goal is to maximize comfort and minimize risks due to any medications,” said Dr. David Ruttum, an anesthesiologist with Anesthesia Partners of Colorado and a leader on the Pain Management Committee’s work to reduce the prescription and exposure of opioids.

Vail Health has been taking a multifaceted approach to address the opioid epidemic locally and recently announced the launch of a locking pill bottle dispensing program in its outpatient pharmacies in Vail and Edwards.

Patients will now be offered Safe Rx’s Locking Pill Bottles for opioids and other controlled substances at no additional cost. Vail Health’s pharmacies are the first in Colorado to provide Locking Pill Bottles. This new patient safety tool is proven to reduce pill theft and prevent drug abuse and initiation.

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