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Hospital sees increase in patients seeking pain meds, prompts policy reminder
Union Democrat

Patients once treated by a local doctor who is facing criminal charges relating to prescribing pain medication sought help at Sonora Regional Medical Center, which has caused the medical center to remind the public about its policy on pain medication.

The statement from Sonora Regional was also issued as part of its effort to reduce prescription drug addiction and overdose deaths, Gail Witzlsteiner, hospital spokeswoman, said.

Some of the needs of patients were “a little outside of their regular policy,” Witzlsteiner said.