Treatment & Recovery
Individuals suffering from opioid use disorder (OUD) experience life-threatening medical conditions as a result of their drug use and injecting behavior, including overdose, endocarditis, osteomyelitis, and other infections. Presentation to the emergency department or admission to the hospital for care of these urgent complications is a critical opportunity to link people to care for their underlying and causative OUD. This presentation will share the experience of launching The First Bridge Clinic, a low-threshold, easily accessed service for patients to initiate immediate evidence-based care for OUD. This new initiative arose from a partnership of an academic medical center and state government partners, and capitalizes on SAMHSA support dedicated to expansion of services. Team members will discuss their roles, along with the challenges, barriers, and successes experienced to date. In the first year of operation, over 300 individuals were referred for treatment with over one-third initiating care at The First Bridge. The complexity of patients, with significant medical and psychiatric comorbid conditions, reveals the gaps in care for this population and the need for a multidisciplinary team approach to improve outcomes.
This session is accredited for the following accreditation types: CME, CNE, CPE, APA, AAFP, AAHCPAD*, NAADAC*, ASWB*
*State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit.