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Addressing Opioid Use Disorder in Emergency Departments: Expert Panel Findings


In January 2020, the National Council for Mental Wellbeing hosted a technical experts’ panel (TEP) to identify best and promising practices to engage individuals surviving overdose and assist individuals with opioid use disorder (OUD) presenting in emergency department (ED) settings. At the conclusion of the panel, recommendations were identified and prioritized, outlining the core components necessary to effectively address the needs of individuals with OUD within ED settings. This report identifies key policy and practice recommendations informed by existing research, case examples and findings from the TEP.


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