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The goal of this toolkit is to provide a basic framework for EDs that want to build or strengthen their OUD treatment programs and to offer Oregon-specific resources and examples that can help support their success.

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Opioid use disorder is treatable with medication and support, but rates in the US have reached epidemic proportions. Emergency departments are uniquely positioned to offer buprenorphine, an evidence-based life-saving treatment, when patients are most open to receiving it, but few currently offer it.

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The emergency department (ED) is an ideal setting for opioid overdose death prevention through the distribution or prescribing of naloxone rescue kits, overdose prevention and response education.

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Alcohol use disorder (AUD) is treatable with medication and/or psychosocial interventions, but rates are increasing and patients with AUD rarely receive the treatment they need.

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As part of those efforts and efforts to address the overdose crisis in Oregon, OHLC’s Substance Use Disorder Workgroup is developing a toolkit to support emergency departments build and sustain medications for opioid use disorder (MOUD) initiation programs.

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Peer support specialists, also known as Certified Recovery Mentors or peers, are people trained to provide recovery support based on their own lived experience of substance use and/or mental health disorder and recovery.

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