The Opioid Epidemic in Our Emergency Departments: Preventing Overdose and Supporting Survivors
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
As opioid use continues to rise in the United States, emergency departments are experiencing an influx of patients suffering from overdose. Given the high patient volume, need for swift bed turnover, and focus on somatic care, overdose survivors are often discharged with little to no guidance or treatment of their chronic disease: addiction. This presentation will examine some of the barriers emergency departments encounter in their efforts to best serve the needs of overdose survivors and patients who are at significant risk for overdose. It will also evaluate a pilot program in one suburban and three urban hospitals that use peer recovery specialists embedded in their emergency departments to provide counseling, support, and access to recovery services for overdose survivors.