Emergency departments are often the first point of contact for individuals who have overdosed or suffering from the effects of opioids. Despite the vital role practitioners within this service provide, there has been, up until now, little guidance as to how to open up a conversation with people about their addiction or supporting individuals to access the appropriate services.
New resources, developed by specialists at Yale University, are available for all practitioners using buprenorphine treatment for Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) in emergency department settings.
The tools, which have been approved by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, include information on best practice, case-based videos and an array of strategies and tips for having conversations with people suffering from OUD.
These new informational resources, which specifically highlight buprenorphine treatment, are now provided on the NIDAMID web portal.