Emergency Department Overdose Prevention
Our Emergency Department Overdose Prevention program was developed to provide immediate access to treatment to people with opioid use disorders
Our Emergency Department (ED) Overdose Prevention program was developed to provide immediate access to treatment to people with opioid use disorders. A multidisciplinary team, including an ED physician, a trained behavioral health nurse, a clinical pharmacy specialist, a peer specialist and a licensed clinical social worker, provide screening and brief intervention and referral to treatment to people treated for opioid-related overdoses and other opioid-related conditions while being treated in the ED.
How does the program work?Emergency Department Overdose Prevention works by identifying and beginning treatment of substance use disorders in the ED, thereby intervening with patients at high risk for possible opioid overdose death. Our ED functions as a patient-centered, open-access setting for people struggling with substance use disorders who have difficulty keeping clinic appointments and are seeking treatment.
Since substance use disorders are often accompanied by other medical and/or social issues, the combination of highly skilled clinical providers with peer specialists who have lived with addiction, is ideal to motivate people with substance use disorders to enter into treatment, have a warm handoff to connect them to ongoing treatment and get assistance with social needs such as shelter and housing.