U.S. Senator Cory Booker, U.S. Senator Robert Menendez and Congressman Bill Pascrell Jr. joined together for a press conference at St. Joseph’s University Medical Center in April to address new legislation– The Alternatives to Opioids (ALTO®) Emergency Department Act – a bill that calls for setting national protocols for hospitals across the country in the fight against the opioid epidemic. The bill is based on our highly successful ALTO® program – implemented at St. Joseph’s in 2016.
St. Joseph’s is proud to lead the way in providing a tangible solution to address the opioid epidemic here in New Jersey — and now across the country with this proposed legislation.
“The opioid crisis in our country is staggering and epic in its evil. As a result, we are seeing families and communities destroyed,” said Senator Cory Booker. “Right here in New Jersey, we know that the opioid epidemic does not discriminate against Democrats or Republicans, or suburban or urban areas. The work being done here at St. Joseph’s University Medical Center is innovative, it is inspiring, and it is shining light against the darkness.”
The proposed legislation would provide funding to test alternative pain management treatments to hospitals across the U.S.
“We launched ALTO two years ago to offer a real solution to a rapidly growing opioid epidemic,” said Mark Rosenberg, DO, Chairman of Emergency Medicine and Chief Innovation Officer, St. Joseph’s Health. “Since then, we have witnessed tremendous success using the ALTO protocols. I’m very proud to report that we have reduced opioid prescriptions by 82 percent here in the St. Joseph’s Emergency Department. We are stopping addiction before it starts.”