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Annotated guidance and recommendations for the role and actions of emergency medical services systems in the current opioid and drug-related epidemics

from The Journal of Emergency Medicine

The U.S. and worldwide death toll from opioids and other drugs has accelerated, rivaling all other causes of premature death. Emergency medical services now has an evolving role in providing solutions. Beyond a need to update acute medical rescue practices and improved assessment techniques, EMS providers should learn to optimally communicate, encourage and even participate in facilitating management continuity for the affected individuals by identifying and using the appropriate resources that will provide viable, evidence-based pathways toward sustained recovery. more


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