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The AHRQ Academy has released an updated version of the Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) for Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) Environmental Scan, Volume 2: Tools and Resources (PDF - 1.31 MB). This document includes more than 350 tools and resources available to providers, patients, and communities to help implement MAT in rural primary care and other ambulatory care settings....
Post date: August 10, 2019
Trauma-informed care is critical to integrated settings, as a history of trauma can affect both physical and mental health outcomes. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) describes a trauma-informed approach (PDF—789 KB) as one that: Realizes the impact of trauma and works to promote recovery; Recognizes the signs and symptoms of trauma in clients, families, staff, and others; Responds by...
Post date: August 10, 2019
In 2017, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) deployed a comprehensive 5-point strategy to help address the opioid epidemic. The purpose of this strategy is to educate and empower various stakeholders in five overarching areas, including: Access: Better Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery Services. Data: Better Data on the Epidemic. Pain: Better Pain Management. Overdoses: Better...
Post date: June 20, 2019
According to a 2019 review article in the New England Journal of Medicine, Understanding Links Among Opioid Use, Overdose, and Suicide, the number of suicides and unintentional overdose deaths increased from 41,364 in 2000 to 110,749 in 2017. People who use opioids are at risk of unintentional overdoses and suicide. More than 40 percent of suicide and overdose deaths in 2017 involved opioids. A...
Post date: June 20, 2019
The National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine released a report, Medications for Opioid Use Disorder Save Lives, that discusses the effectiveness of using medications for opioid use disorder (OUD). Key findings of the report are: Medications approved by the Food and Drug Administration, such as methadone, buprenorphine, and naltrexone, are useful to treat OUD and save patients’ lives. The longer patients continue to take...
Post date: June 20, 2019
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention reports the suicide rate among adolescents and young adults ages 15 to 24 has risen in recent years, increasing by nearly 50 percent between 2007 and 2017. Universal screening presents an opportunity to identify those at risk for suicide and intervene. A recent article describes a three-tiered screening process to help...
Post date: March 29, 2019
On May 14, 2018, the Healthcare Leadership Council’s National Dialogue for Healthcare Innovation held an Opioid Crisis Solutions Summit to gather experts and brainstorm holistic yet practical strategies to address the opioid epidemic. Based on the recommendations of meeting participants, A Roadmap For Action was developed. Key...
Post date: August 23, 2018
All aspects of the healthcare system touch those affected by the opioid crisis. In emergency departments (EDs) around the country, doctors often work to save the lives of those who have experienced an overdose but do little to help patients access substance use treatment. Yet, EDs present a unique opportunity to reach individuals with opioid use disorder. An article in the Journal of the American Medical Association...
Post date: June 28, 2018
The National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention recently released a report, Recommended Standard Care for People With Suicide Risk: Making Health Care Suicide Safe (PDF—389.84 KB). This report provides recommendations to improve care for people with suicide risk. It identifies evidence-based approaches that should be...
Post date: May 30, 2018
Telehealth presents an opportunity to expand access to behavioral health services, particularly for individuals in rural areas. For example, as the opioid epidemic has swept the Nation, rural communities have been witnessing significant increases in opioid overdose death rates. A blog by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation,...
Post date: February 22, 2018

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