Discharged, Dismissed: ERs Often Miss Chance to Set Overdose Survivors on ‘Better Path’

February 15, 2019

(Kaiser Health News) – This scenario plays out in emergency departments across the country, where the next step — a means to divert addicted patients into treatment — remains elusive, creating a missed opportunity in the health system. A recent study of Medicaid claims in West Virginia, which has an opioid overdose rate more than three times the national average and the highest death rate from drug overdoses in the country, documented this disconnect.

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