When possible, Kaiser Permanente San Diego promotes non-opioid medications, physical therapy, acupuncture, exercise and cognitive behavioral therapy. The health provider is among others in San Diego seeking to cut opioid prescriptions.

When possible, Kaiser Permanente San Diego promotes non-opioid medications, physical therapy, acupuncture, exercise and cognitive behavioral therapy. The health provider is among others in San Diego seeking to cut opioid prescriptions. Photo by Jamie Scott Lytle.

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At Palomar Health, a hip-fracture pathway quickens the time it takes to enter surgery, and involves a local anesthesia protocol instead of narcotics. Photo courtesy of Palomar Health

— San Diego health systems have sought to lessen opioid prescriptions, from emergency rooms to cancer care...

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