The Opioid Overdose Prevention Seminar for Hospitals took place on December 17, 2020. During this virtual event, participants heard how hospitals and emergency departments can distribute naloxone, increase access to medications to treat opioid use disorder, and create stronger linkage to community resources.
Featured speakers included:
Howard S. Kim, MD, MS, with Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Kim shared his experience working with various hospitals engaged in naloxone distribution, including highlighting different barriers hospitals may face and how to overcome these barriers.
Michael Nelson, MD, MS, FACEP, FASAM, FACMT, with Cook County Health, John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County and NorthShore University HealthSystem. Dr. Nelson discussed initiating medication assisted treatment (MAT) in the emergency department or hospital setting, and how to refer patients to an appropriate treatment provider once MAT has been initiated.