“Figuring out how to intercept and help patients with opioid addiction in medical settings is an urgent issue. There have been few promising leads in the last few years, a reality that becomes more unpalatable with each passing day. Because every single day in America, 78 people die from overdose and more than 1,500 people visit the emergency room as the result of heroin or prescription pain relievers. While we brainstorm effective responses to the opioid crisis, its effects rage on.
Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) would seem to be a good strategy to address opioid addiction in health settings. SBIRT has been shown to help patients reduce alcohol use in both primary care and emergency settings. But the evidence of SBIRT’s effectiveness at reducing drug-related harms has been spotty.”
Source: ireata.org – June 20, 2016