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The impact of opioid use disorder

Emergency departments are at the frontline of the opioid epidemic

The opioid epidemic has taken the country by storm:

  • From 2015 to 2016, opioid overdose deaths increased about 30 percent.
  • From July 2016 through September 2017, 143,000 emergency department (ED) visits from 52 jurisdictions in 45 states were suspected opioid-involved overdoses. This rate increased on average by 6% per quarter.*

EDs are one of the best places to identify patients with opioid use disorder —and they can play a key role in improving outcomes. Through rapid data collection, analysis and sharing, our hope is that we can work together to help manage the opioid epidemic and find a solution.

Here's what we're doing

Our opioid video series shows different situations and approaches to screening, intervening, treating and managing these patients in emergency care. Topics include:

  • Conversation tools and strategies
  • Substance use assessments
  • Treatment for opioid use disorder
  • Harm-reduction strategies

Be part of the solution

Talk with your patients about other treatment options. You can use the clinical scenarios in the video series as a guide.

Video series: Combating opioid use disorder

Use the information in these videos to support your patients with opioid use disorder. 

*CDC, Vital Signs: Trends in Emergency Department Visits for Suspected Opioid Overdoses — United States, July 2016–September 2017, released March 9, 2018

Content courtesy of  Yale University School of Medicine, Department of Emergency Medicine  
Gail D’Onofrio MD, MS | Kathryn Hawk MD, MHS | Michael Pantalon PhD | Shara Martel, MPH | Deepa Camenga, MD MHS

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