Regional Health participates in national opioid research

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - Regional Health is participating in a two-year study on patients' experiences with pain and their prescribed opioid use.

Researchers and physicians want to better understand a wide range of patient needs, including those in Rapid City's rural areas. Regional Health research director Roger Deraad says they have good information from certain populations regarding opioid use, but are missing data from Native Americans and rural populations.

KOTA-TV says the $3.5 million study funded by the Food and Drug Administration will attempt to address what happens when a people get their first opioid prescription for acute pain and what leads to their next prescription.

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