Educating ACEP members and serving as a resource about the emergency physician’s role in injury prevention is part of the mission of the Section of Trauma & Injury Prevention. Section members also exchange information about injury control activities, foster relationships with other injury control organizations, and promote research and ACEP member involvement in the development of governmental policy regarding injury prevention and control issues.
Poisoning or drug overdose recently surpassed motor vehicle crash as the number one cause of injury-related death in the United States. There has been a rapid increase in fatal overdose since the mid-1990’s which is largely attributable to the increase in prescribed opioids as well as prescription opioid misuse and abuse. Additionally, heroin-related overdose deaths are also increasing and many new-initiates of heroin report first misusing prescription opioids. Along with this rise in fatal overdose, there has also been an increase in opioid related ED visits secondary to non-fatal overdose or misuse.
The distribution of naloxone, an opioid agonist, has been associated with a with a decline in fatal overdoses in population based studies, has been long used by community-based/public health programs and is increasingly used in medical settings including primary care and emergency departments. This webinar discusses recent research and programs on provision of take-home naloxone to ED patients at risk for opioid overdose, as part of a strategy to reduce opioid related harms and substance abuse. Lastly, it highlights a successful take-home Naloxone program to discuss the real-world application and implementation of a take-home Naloxone program.
Panelists Include: Michael Botticelli – Acting Director of the White House ONDCP; Megan Ranney MD MPH FACEP – Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine and the Department of Health Services Policy and Practice at Brown University; Lauren Whiteside MD MS – Instructor in the Division of Emergency Medicine at the University of Washington; Caleb Banta-Green PhD MPH MSW – Research Scientist; Ed Bernstein MD – Professor of Emergency Medicine and Director of the Brief Negotiated Interview & Active Referral to Treatment (BNI-ART) Institute at Boston University Medical Center (BUMC).
Access files that can be downloaded and printed to be distributed to parents upon discharge from the emergency department. These discharge instructions are adapted from the ASK program (ASK Saves Kids), a non-profit program that encourages parents to ask if there is an unlocked gun in the homes where their children play. They were developed with the support of the American College of Emergency Physicians Section Grant awarded in June of 2014.
By Christopher Barsotti MD
20 February, 2015”
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