Some Emergency Rooms Have Begun to Offer Addiction Treatment

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Some emergency rooms in Maryland have begun to offer addiction treatment, The Washington Post reports.

Most emergency rooms give patients with drug-related conditions the phone number of local treatment clinics, according to Andrew Kolodny, Co-Director of the Opioid Policy Research Collaborative at Brandeis University.

In 11 Maryland hospitals, emergency room physicians treating patients who have overdosed on opioids start them on the anti-addiction medication buprenorphine. An additional 18 Maryland hospitals are planning to start prescribing buprenorphine.

A study published last year found patients addicted to opioids who were given an initial dose of buprenorphine in the ER were twice as likely to be in treatment a month later, compared with those who were only given referrals to addiction treatment specialists.

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