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Overdose deaths can be prevented by distributing take home naloxone (THN) kits. The emergency department (ED) is an opportune setting for overdose prevention, as people who use opioids frequently present for emergency care, and those who have overdosed are at high risk for future overdose death. The authors evaluated the implementation of an ED-based THN program by measuring the extent to which THN was offered to patients presenting with opioid overdose. The authors analyzed whether some patients were less likely to be offered THN than others, to identify areas for program improvement.

Citation: O’Brien, D.C., Dabbs, D., Dong, K. et al. Patient characteristics associated with being offered take home naloxone in a busy, urban emergency department: a retrospective chart review. BMC Health Serv Res 19, 632 (2019).

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