Test Your Knowledge: Opioid Use Disorder in the Emergency Department

 As the United States continues to grapple with the opioid crisis, emergency clinicians are on the front lines of managing patients with opioid use disorder. 

Our recent issue Managing Emergency Department Patients With Opioid Use Disorder reviews tools and best practices in emergency department management of patients with opioid overdose and opioid withdrawal, and how substance use history will inform treatment planning and disposition.

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Here are a few key points:

  • For many patients in the U.S., an ED visit for symptoms of opioid overdose or withdrawal may be their only interaction with the healthcare system and is an opportunity to offer patients treatment options for opioid use disorder (OUD).
  • ED patients presenting for any opioid-related complaint should be screened for OUD to identify those who would benefit from ED-initiated medication for OUD (MOUD) and long-term treatment referral.
  • There are currently 3 FDA-approved medications for MOUD: (1) buprenorphine, (2) methadone, and (3) naltrexone.

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