By Addiction Policy Forum
The Addiction Policy Forum (APF), with our partners at Yale School of Medicine and the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), recently announced our emergency medicine initiative to disseminate best practices and implement evidence-based interventions in the Emergency Department to reduce harm from opioids. Emergency physicians are often the first to treat patients suffering harm from opioid use, such as overdoses. Yet many emergency departments (EDs) lack access to resources to improve outcomes for patients. “The CDC recently announced a 30-percent increase in emergency room visits for opioid overdoses between July 2016 and September 2017. As the numbers continue to grow, it is vital we work together to develop evidence-based methods and practices to assist emergency departments as they respond to overdoses and the increasing number of patients struggling with a substance use disorder,” said Addiction Policy Forum’s president and CEO Jessica Hulsey Nickel. “We fully support this initiative and are dedicated to working collaboratively to address addiction in our healthcare system.” Read the full press release about this initiative here.