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Emergency care to opioid-addiction treatment:
Innovative 'bridge clinics' at link emergency care to opioid-addiction treatment. Sufferers with opioid addictions who are cared for in emergency rooms can now go directly into addiction treatment if they want it.
"An essential part of the treatment system is to be capable of providing treatment on demand rather than sending patients who are in treat of overdose death to treatment waiting lists," one of the creators of the clinic, said in a news release.
"This way we can engage sufferers and link to treatment at the moment of contact with the health care system, and hopefully diminish substance use related morbidity and mortality."
The Clinic, located at the Center on Drug and Alcohol Research, is set up to provide research based care together with medications approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration "for opioid-use disorder, counseling services, and monitoring aimed to encourage remission and recovery," states the release.
"We're developing a innovative clinic and it's going to associate closely with the ED so when patients are referred they can receive care rapidly and within the same health care method with the aid of peer support," Walsh said in the release.
Sufferers with opioid-use disorders end up in an emergency room for a variety of reasons, whether it be an overdose or a "deep-seated infection" related to their injection sites. Until now, such patients would be treated for their overdose or medical condition, but would not receive care for their underlying substance disorder.
"The need for this clinic is clear," it was stated in the release. "If the underlying addiction isn't treated the person goes back to active addiction and is at extremely elevated risk for death and/or reinfection requiring a new hospitalization with complicated medical and surgical treatments."
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