Opioid epidemic brings Sen. Jim Merritt to Goshen Health

October 23, 2017

GOSHEN, Ind. – Indiana State Senator Jim Merritt made a visit to Goshen Hospital on Friday morning to discuss the opioid epidemic, Senate Bill 226 and what’s being done to help combat the issue in Indiana. Along with Indiana State Senator Blake Doriot, Senator Merritt held a meeting with hospital executives, physicians and other Colleagues from Goshen Health.

Merritt was an author for Senate Bill 226, the law that imposes a seven-day limit on opioid prescription quantities. The law became the Senate Enrolled Act 226 and took effect on July 1, 2017.

“Addiction is an illness, not a character flaw,” Merritt said. “I make my way around the state on a daily basis and it will be ongoing to help me understand exactly what’s going on in hospitals, in doctors’ offices and ERs.”

“This is such an important issue today and I am so glad that Senator Merritt was a part of the conversation with our healthcare professionals,” said Rob Myers, chief operating officer at Goshen Health. “At Goshen Health, we’re proud to offer alternative solutions to opioids when appropriate and we’ll continue to provide comprehensive treatment plans to meet each individual’s need.”

Goshen Health approaches pain management by focusing on a variety of therapies including medications, nerve blocks, physical therapy, occupational therapy and self-help.