Partnership with Yale School of Medicine and American College of Emergency Physicians
The Addiction Policy Forum has partnered with the Yale School of Medicine and the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) to disseminate best practices and implement evidence-based interventions in the Emergency Department to reduce harm from opioids. Read Yale's press release here.
The opioid epidemic has resulted in rapidly escalating utilization of health system inpatient and emergency medicine services. Between 2005 and 2014, the national rate of opioid-related inpatient stays increased 64.1 percent and the national rate of opioid-related emergency ED visits increased 99.4 percent.
New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that this trend has continued. During July 2016–September 2017, ED visits for opioid overdoses increased 29.7% overall and 34.5% in 16 states with high prevalence of overdose mortality.
Recognizing the critical need for ED interventions for patients with substance use disorder, the Addiction Policy Forum launched its Emergency Medicine Initiative to support health systems and patients. With the necessary protocols, assessment tools, and referral paths, a non-fatal overdose can become an intervening opportunity for connection with treatment and recovery.