New study identifies gaps in treatment for opioid use disorder as overdose emergencies soar

Opioid overdose deaths have reached record highs and emergency physicians have a vital role in potentially saving these patients by prescribing Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) such as buprenorphine, and by prescribing naloxone, a rapid-acting medicine to reverse an overdose. However, a new Annals of Emergency Medicine study identifies a significant opportunity to improve prescribing of these medicines after a visit to the emergency department for opioid overdose.

The study analyzed almost 149,000 emergency department visits for opioid overdose between August 2019 and April 2021 to determine that naloxone was only prescribed within 30 days…

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