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Addiction Policy Forum Releases Hospital Toolkit to Support Health Systems and Patients

May 16, 2018

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Addiction Policy Forum Releases Hospital Toolkit to Support Health Systems and Patients
Free Toolkit Features Best Practices and Resources to Address Addiction and Connect Patients Suffering from Addiction to Treatment

Washington, DC — Today the Addiction Policy Forum (APF) launched a hospital toolkit to empower patients, families, emergency medicine providers, and policymakers to work collaboratively to identify patients in need of help, initiate evidence-based treatments, and connect patients and families to comprehensive support services.

The opioid epidemic has resulted in escalating the utilization of our health systems’ inpatient and emergency medicine services. A hospital or emergency department may be the only place a patient with substance use disorder receives health care, making this a critical intervention point for engaging people with substance use disorder and linking them to treatment.

Between 2005 and 2014, the national rate of opioid-related emergency visits increased 99.4 percent, and there were more than 63,600 drug overdose deaths in 2016.

“We know those who have had a nonfatal overdose are at an increased risk for a fatal overdose and need treatment for substance use disorder,” says Jessica Hulsey Nickel, President and CEO of the Addiction Policy Forum. “With the necessary protocols, assessment tools, and referral paths, a nonfatal overdose can become an intervening opportunity for connection with treatment and recovery.”

Featuring clinical information about screening, ED-initiated treatment, guidance regarding post-overdose family notification, and the premiere of APF’s video series, “Best Practices for Emergency Departments to Address Addiction,” this comprehensive resource arms patients, families, emergency medicine providers and policymakers with the necessary tools to respond with the thoughtful urgency that this epidemic requires.

The hospital toolkit can be accessed at: http://www.addictionpolicy.org/hospitaltoolkit

About Addiction Policy Forum
The Addiction Policy Forum is a 501(c)(3) organization established in 2015 as a diverse partnership of organizations, policymakers, and stakeholders committed to working together to elevate awareness around addiction, and to improve programs and policy through a comprehensive response that includes prevention, treatment, recovery, and criminal justice reform. Jessica Hulsey Nickel, whose own family was devastated by addiction, is the founder of a coalition of 1,700 families impacted by substance use disorders and is available for further explanation and interviews by media.
More information on our mission and projects is available at http://addictionpolicy.org.  


Addiction Policy Forum

Addiction Policy Forum is a nationwide nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating addiction as a major health problem. Our national headquarters is located in Washington, DC with resources and services in every state.