Treating Opioid Use Disorder in the EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT

Access to addiction treatment is limited, especially in rural areas. The ED, being open 24/7, is often the primary source of medical care for individuals with opioid use disorder. Many patients with untreated addiction present to the ED, yet starting treatment from the ED is rarely done. The ED visit provides an opportunity to identify individuals needing treatment, offer motivational strategies to enhance acceptance of treatment, initiate evidence-based interventions, and provide direct linkages for ongoing medical management and community services.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. View treating opioid use disorder as within the scope of emergency medicine.
  2. Be able to discuss Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) with Emergency Department (ED) patients.
  3. Start MAT in the ED
  4. Obtain a DEAX
  5. Practice harm reduction in the ED
  6. Prescribe MAT from the ED

Treating Opioid Use Disorder in the ED


Melody Glenn Profile PictureMelody J. Glenn, MD, MFA
Assistant Professor
Emergency Medicine & Psychiatry
Medical Director, BUMCT Base Hospital
Director, Medical Humanities, UA College of Medicine-Tucson

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Earn up to:

0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM

Release/termination dates:

Activity release date:
November 23, 2022

Activity termination date:
November 22, 2023

Target audience:

Emergency department physicians, advanced practice providers, nurses, and social workers.


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Arizona Medical Association (ArMA) through the joint providership with Tucson Hospitals Medical Education Program (THMEP), The Southern Arizona AHEC, and El Rio Health. THMEP is accredited by ArMA to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

THMEP designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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Financial Disclosure:

None of the planners or speakers for this educational activity have relevant financial relationship(s) with ineligible companies to disclose.