New Protocol for Opioid-Fueled Emergencies

Between July 2016 and September 2017, visits to the ED for suspected opioid overdoses increased 30%. Two-thirds of patients with opioid use disorder, when asked, have expressed interest in quitting or cutting back. But emergency care providers have the lacked the tools necessary to start patients on the road to recovery directly from the ED.


Now we have a new option.


A growing number of emergency departments are employing Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT), which combines medication intervention and behavioral therapy to quickly initiate recovery. The results are better outcomes, reduced readmissions, and improved ED efficiency.  
Widespread acceptance of this treatment is largely being driven by three factors:


  1. With MAT vs. traditional treatment, patients are almost twice as likely to stay in a 30-day treatment program.
  2. Patients use fewer inpatient addiction-treatment services.
  3. As opioid-related visits and readmissions overwhelm EDs, earlier and more effective treatment is required.


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