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Too many overdoses: ERs fight drugs with drugs amid opioid crisis

from USA Today

It happens every day: Emergency clinicians administer life-saving care to patients suffering from opioid overdoses. Now physicians, counselors and agencies in Wisconsin are considering anti-addiction drugs as a first response in emergency rooms. Most emergency clinicians want to expand such medication-assisted treatment, according to Wisconsin's chapter of American College of Emergency Physicians. "A lot of the work we're doing is figuring out: What does a community need to become buprenorphine ready and medication-assisted treatment ready?" said Bobby Redwood, an emergency and preventive medicine physician and former president of American College of Emergency Physicians' Wisconsin chapter. more

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