Health System Response

The Health System Response working group, part of the Coalition for Model Opioid Practices in Health Systems, is compiling a set of promising best practices for emergency departments to respond to the opioid epidemic. From preventing opioid use disorders to responding to a patient experiencing an addiction, creating culture change within the healthcare system and ultimately changing behaviors of clinicians and prescribers is a vital part of curbing the opioid epidemic.

Currently, NCHA is working with UNC Medical Center ED and Vidant Health ED to pilot promising best practices for a recommended ED Pathway to prevent and respond to the opioid epidemic. The ED Pathway will be publicly available late summer.

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