TREATING OPIOID USE DISORDER IN THE EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT
The Emergency Department provides an important opportunity for providers to connect with patients who are seeking treatment for opioid use
disorder. Initiating medication-assisted treatment in an ED setting has proven to be effective:
A [2015 study] published in the Journal of the
American Medical Association (JAMA) found that twice as many patients were in treatment for opioid use disorder at 30 days post-release from the ED
(approximately 80%) after receiving ED-initiated buprenorphine and a brief negotiated interview (BNI) compared to patients who received a referral
only or who received a BNI and a facilitated referral.
To learn more about how to initiate medication-assisted treatment in the ED, click on [this link] to the Yale Department of Emergency Medicine's website.