“Thousands of people have died during the nation’s ongoing opioid epidemic, which has also led to increasing rates of hospitalizations related to overdoses, infections and other surgical issues related to substance use.
This trend is particularly stark in Oregon, with a recent national report finding the Beaver State had one of the highest cumulative spikes in opioid-related hospitalizations in the nation between 2009 and 2014.
Despite the scope of the crisis, most hospitals are ill-prepared to engage with patients with substance-use disorder, begin life-saving treatment or steer people to care options post-hospitalization. This produces considerable distress among both health care providers and patients.
A study published Wednesday in the Journal of Hospital Medicine offers ways to lessen such problems.”
Source: CourtHouseNews.com – April 25, 2018