Yale University

Patients with opioid addiction benefit from treatment initiated in ED

Patients addicted to opioids often seek care in the emergency department (ED). They are more likely to receive addiction treatment, and reduce opioid use long-term if they are started on medication to reduce cravings in the ED, according to a new Yale study.

The benefits of such treatment persist for two months after the initial visit to the ED, the researchers said. The study, led by chair of emergency medicine Dr. Gail D'Onofrio and professor of medicine Dr. David Fiellin, was published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine.

Published: Friday, February 17, 2017