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ACEP COVID-19 Field Guide

Table of Contents

Patients With Substance Use Disorders

Special Populations

Author: Evan S. Schwarz, MD, FACEP, Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine; Section Chief, Medical Toxicology; Director, Medical Toxicology and Addiction Medicine Clinic, Washington University School of Medicine

The current pandemic is changing both how health care is delivered and how patients receive it. For patients with substance use disorders (SUDs), including opioid use disorder (OUD) and alcohol use disorder (AUD), social distancing and other necessary public policies that are meant to save lives can also make it harder for patients with SUDs to receive their typical care. They may have less access to treatment centers, outpatient care, psychologists, support groups, social resources, recovery coaches, and medication. They also may be at increased risk of experiencing withdrawal. In addition, they are dealing with the same stress, fear, isolation, and possible depression that the rest of us are experiencing. As such, they are at an elevated risk of both overdose and relapse. The following are suggestions, resources, and tools to assist in treating patients with SUDs during these difficult times.

Apps include:

More resources are available from national organizations dedicated to the treatment of patients with SUDs, including the:

Special Populations

Incarcerated Population

Authors: Nicholas J. Dreyer, MD; and Aisha T. Terry, MD, MPH, FACEP Overview With nearly 2.2 million...

Financial Guidance and Information

Financial Resources

Refer to ACEP’s “COVID-19 Financial Survival Guide: What You Need to Know.”  ACEP has also summarize...

Financial Guidance and Information

Billing and Coding for COVID Care

Payment for COVID-19 care Medicare and Medicaid For in-person evaluation and management (E/M) servic...

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