Prescription drug deaths down, Richland program successful

Prescription drug deaths down, Richland program successful
TRI-CITIES, Wash. -- Fewer people are dying of drug overdoses in Washington.

They're down about a quarter according to the health department.

Here in Tri-Cities, a local company is helping contribute to that decline. Richland's Alliance Consistent Care works to promote safe pain management for patients.

They work with local hospitals to track the people who may be doctor shopping and get them help.

"Any time a patient has multiple prescribers, they have multiple controlled substances, which leads to drug overdose deaths. A huge victory is when we can get a patient into drug abuse treatment," says Registered Nurse and Case Manager Becky Grohs.

A half million dollar grant got the free program started.

They boast an 80 percent success rate and currently help 600 people at a time with a lengthy waiting list.