Drug overdoses are an increasing public health burden in the United States. Recently released data from the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics has provided a clearer picture of an overlooked aspect of the epidemic—emergency department visits arising from overdoses. Research shows that people who have had an overdose are more likely to have another. Emergency department protocols, including screening and linking people to treatment, are critical needs. “Warm hand-offs”—also known as interventions and referrals to treatment—can be used to help assess and treat individuals addicted to opioids.
This briefing will explore how “warm hand-off” protocols can help reduce post-emergency department visits and increase treatment adherence