Drug abuse treatment as part of healthcare - Opioid treatment, part 3
This two-page handout with accompanying video and audio recording educates people about drug abuse treatment and the healthcare system. It explains that effective treatment attends to the person's multiple health needs, not just opioid addiction. It discusses the importance of testing and treating diseases for which those who abuse drugs are at risk, screening for mental health disorders, and providing access to medication for treating overdose. The document identifies the hospital Emergency Room (ER) as a place where people may be screened for opioid use disorder and begin Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT). It clarifies that treatment must continue outside the ER, outlines barriers people may experience in the healthcare system, and suggests options for locating care. Contact information for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Helpline is provided.
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