How ER Doctors Are Fighting The Opioid Crisis

From Forbes:

Debra Houry, MD, MPH, Director of the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control at the CDC, writing in an editorial published in Annals of Emergency Medicine, stated that emergency physicians have a “unique opportunity to engage in prevention of a future overdose, particularly for patients who may not have had other contact with the health care system.”

Houry emphasized that “ EDs are a critical entry point for prevention of overdose , with opportunities to improve opioid prescribing, respond to overdoses with overdose education and naloxone distribution, engage in motivational interviewing of patients, initiate treatment for opioid use disorder, and improve surveillance efforts in collaboration with health departments. EDs and physicians who engage in these efforts can save patient lives and reduce health care costs.”

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