‘Pulling out all the stops’ on opioids

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Too often, overdose patients end up being discharged from an emergency room with no support for recovery, experts at an opioid conference said.

A “warm handoff” initiative that is in its final stages of development for Cambria County will provide a mechanism for connecting addicted patients with help, said participants in Fighting the Opioid Crisis: A Community that Cares, held Friday at Pitt-Johnstown.

The problem is that the emergency medical community has not traditionally interacted with the addiction recovery community, Dan Swayze, vice president and chief operation officer of the Center for Emergency Medicine of Western Pennsylvania, said at the workshop Friday.

 

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