From ER to Outpatient Treatment: Linking Patients with Opiate Addiction to Outpatient Treatment from Emergency Departments in South Carolin
This session will focus on the treatment of Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) from Emergency Departments (EDs) and linkage to outpatient treatment. We will review the current literature supporting the ED-based initiatives of buprenorphine induction and naloxone distribution, and outline the structure of ED programs in South Carolina. The outcomes from our ED projects in South Carolina will be presented including 24-hour treatment follow up rates and retention in treatment at 30 days for patients receiving ED-based treatment. We will share lessons learned in building these programs, with a focus on building connections to community treatment resources. Finally, will discuss future directions of ED-initiated treatment programs including future areas of research, potential sites for expansion, and our work on the sustainability and cost-effectiveness of these programs.