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Dr. Ryan to speak at National RX Summit in Atlanta

April 17, 2019

Due to the lack of adequate treatment resources in our communities, patients are increasingly visiting the emergency department (ED) seeking treatment services for opioid use disorder (OUD). When left untreated, OUD is a disease that can have devastating consequences and is often fatal. Thus, it is critical that emergency clinicians are equipped with tools to manage patients with opioid use disorder. The use of medications, such as buprenorphine, has proven to be an effective intervention for OUD, substantially reducing mortality and increasing retention in treatment. In this session, members of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) and the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) will discuss the barriers to increasing access to this vital medication in EDs and how to leverage an innovative tool, a web/smart phone app, to help clinicians manage patients with OUD in the ED and save lives.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe how the web/smart phone app clarifies the indications and contradictions for buprenorphine administration (and prescribing) in the ED.
  • Explain how using the web/smart phone app helps EDs to more safely discharge patients, improving the linkage to treatment.
  • Describe how the web/smart phone app clarifies rules and regulations related to buprenorphine, administration and prescribing in the ED, thus reducing barriers to initiation of medications for addiction treatment in the United States.
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