Two suburban hospitals and an emergency department are joining a program to implement new treatment protocols in hopes of decreasing opioid use for patients with certain causes of pain.

Edward Hospital in Naperville, Elmhurst Hospital and the Edward-Elmhurst Emergency Department in Plainfield are taking part in the Alternatives to Opioids Protocol, a program run by Great Lakes Partners for Patients and the Illinois, Michigan and Wisconsin hospital associations as one strategy to fight opioid addiction and overdose deaths.

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SOURCE ( Marie Wilson / Daily Herald )