Emergency room treatment can ease opioid abuse

From News Times:

A new study out of Yale University shows that those struggling with opioid addiction are more likely to receive treatment, and reduce drug use long-term, if they seek care in the emergency department.

According to the study, published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, those treated in the emergency department are typically started on medication to reduce cravings, and the benefits of this treatment can last for up to two months.

This news builds on earlier findings about opioid treatment and emergency department care. In a prior study, the Yale research team found that individuals with opioid addiction who were treated with medication in the hospital were more likely to get treatment beyond the ED and lessen their opioid use. Yet it was not known how long the benefits of medication initiated in the emergency department would last.

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