Emergency Room Physicians Overcoming Barriers to Opioid Use Disorder Treatment
The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) is working to address barriers to treating opioid use disorder in emergency departments across the country. ACEP, an ORN partner, has developed new trainings, podcasts and a mobile app, all aimed at its 38,000 members.Emergency room physicians, Eric Ketcham, MD, FACEP, and Kathryn Hawk, MD, MHS, discussed these educational products in an episode of ACEP Frontline, a podcast that reaches over 5,000 listeners. Opening, Dr. Ketcham said: “We’re the ones engaging with patients with opioid use disorder when they’re really at their worst. We have this opportunity to engage with a very captive audience, treat them more effectively and compassionately when they’re in withdrawal and make a bridge into treatment." He describes the emergency room as “a catchment area for a lot of folks in crisis” and that emergency department physicians can make a significant mortality and morbidity impact. Read further.
The Collection of Opioid Response Network Brochures is Growing. At OpioidResponseNetwork.org you will find new prevention, recovery and American Indian/ Alaskan Native brochures.
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