Opiate users who suffer a non-fatal overdose are at the highest risk for having a fatal overdose.
Many of these people are hard to reach by traditional substance use and health care professionals. EMS can make a difference with this population.
Whether the patient refuses further care and transport at the scene after being resuscitated or whether they go to the ED and then check out AMA, EMS has the opportunity to intervene. Here are three models an EMS system should consider.
Provide Treatment Information.
If there is a toll-free number for substance use help in your state, as there is in Connecticut, give them that number, or give the number of the local harm reduction coalition.
In Connecticut call 1-800-563-4086.
Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services Access Line for Opioid Users
Give your patient information on where to obtain treatment, and/or if they are not ready for treatment, provide them with information on where they or their family members...
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