How opioid addiction is changing health care at the University of Kentucky

these days we're understanding that the emergence department is actually a place where we could begin some stabilization treatment and get the patients into better better situations for follow-up and and actually have an impact on the mortality of the patients if we can start medication assisted treatment in the emergency department and we have an opportunity to decrease the patient's overdose risk over the next 24 to 48 hours and well as has potentially get them started on a path which would would make their lives much better from the standpoint of you know being productive being able to hold a job take care of their family and and not worry constantly about how they're going to treat their next you know the symptoms of opioid use disorder when they wake up tomorrow that's some of the ways that we've changed over time but at the same time I am also very aware that there's the this problem that substance use disorder is a growing thing that it affects so many people so I feel like although yeah that's a lot of money you know it's a huge expense but also that it goes to show how many people are struggling with this how many whether it be you know a grandchild mom dad sister even your own child it's throughout all ethnicities all races all you know economic class think that you know there have been a lot of good things happen lately the use of mhe is huge and I'm not saying it's for everyone that's there's those that are able to use a 12-step program and that'd be all they need there are those who can't do MIT because they will abuse the medication there's always a we get caught up and we're caught up in the medication I love it but it's so much more than that it is a very intense program where you have created this you have to create this network of people within that program where you have a counselor you have pure support even which I think that's been a huge a huge thing as far as helping others having someone that can relate and has been there and understand where that person may be at the time


  1. You lumped heroin, fentanyl and every other junkie related death in with the statistics used to make distribution guidelines and laws. Now people who rely on “narco” to literally put in a full days work, let alone others who rely to even get out of bed, your posturing means good people who do t abuse is left out and you don’t care.

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