Description: This talk will focus on the always stressful situation of assessing and managing patients who are requesting opioids or in need of withdrawal management in the emergency department. This rapidly changing field is complex, and requires specific knowledge of abuse patterns as well as an understanding of recovery, opioid replacement therapies, and withdrawal management. Specific tools, management protocols and the literature of ER addictions research will be presented and discussed.
- Be aware of withdrawal management strategies and options for opioid replacement therapies in the emergency department.
- Understand best practices for assessing a patient who is requesting opioids or withdrawing from opioids.
- Gain knowledge of options to facilitate transitions to recovery or replacement therapy.