Nonfatal Opioid Overdoses at an Urban Emergency Department During the COVID-19 Pandemic.

  title={Nonfatal Opioid Overdoses at an Urban Emergency Department During the COVID-19 Pandemic.},
  author={Taylor A. Ochalek and Kirk Cumpston and Brandon K Wills and Tamas S. Gal and F. Gerard Moeller},
Assessing opioid overdose risk: A review of clinical prediction models utilizing patient-level data.
Future prediction models assessing overdose risk should employ external validation and address model calibration, and future studies should focus on developing clinical prediction tools based on prediction models, implementing these tools into clinical practice, and evaluating the impact of these models on treatment decisions, patient outcomes, and, ultimately, opioid overdose rates. Expand
Barriers and Motivators to Opioid Treatment Among Suburban Women Who Are Pregnant and Mothers in Caregiver Roles
A contemporary understanding of how suburban landscapes affect mothers’ treatment-seeking for opioid dependence is provided and the need for more focus on emotional and structural resources rather than strict surveillance of women with opioid dependence who are pregnant or caring for children is suggested. Expand
Buprenorphine Dispensing in Pennsylvania During the COVID-19 Pandemic, January to October 2020
Examination of all-payer controlled substance prescription data from Pennsylvania is used to examine changes in outpatient buprenorphine dispensing after the start of the pandemic, using data from January to October 2020 compared to a similar time period in 2019. Expand
Changes in methadone take-home dosing before and after COVID-19
The results suggest that the Spokane OTP quickly expanded take-home medication dosing in response to the COVID-19 exemption and broadly expandedtake-home dosing among established clients. Expand
Converging public health crises: substance use during the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic
Given increased overdose rates and infections among people who use drugs, continued surveillance and vigilance are needed to assess changes and reduce use and adverse consequences during the continuing COVID-19 crisis. Expand
Emergency Department Visits for Nonfatal Opioid Overdose During the COVID-19 Pandemic Across Six US Health Care Systems.
Despite decreases in ED visits for other medical emergencies, the numbers and rates of opioid overdose-related ED visits in 6 health care systems increased during 2020, suggesting a widespread increase in opioid-related complications during the COVID-19 pandemic. Expand
Evaluating the association between COVID-19 and psychiatric presentations, suicidal ideation in an emergency department
The COVID-19 outbreak in Boston was associated with significant differential increases in ED presentations with suicidal ideation and SUD, and no differential changes significant at the P value < 0.05 level are estimated. Expand
Harm Reduction and Adaptations Among PWUD in Rural Oregon During COVID-19
Rapid implementation of policy and practice changes are urgently required to improve SSP access, reinforce safer use, and prevent HIV/HCV and COVID-19 transmission. Expand
Health Services and Mortality Among Opioid Use Disorder Patients Diagnosed with COVID-19
How the intersection between opioids and CO VID-19 infection makes people with OUD more vulnerable to death and often in need to higher levels of care than other patients when contracting COVID-19 is highlighted. Expand


An overdose surge will compound the COVID-19 pandemic if urgent action is not taken
In the USA and around the world, the COVID-19 pandemic arrived as the population was fighting a devastating opioid overdose epidemic. Urgent and decisive action is needed to protect particularlyExpand
COVID-19 Pandemic, Unemployment, and Civil Unrest: Underlying Deep Racial and Socioeconomic Divides.
Millions of people across the country have been adversely affected by unanticipated events, the pandemic, massive unemployment, and the recent protests that have occurred concurrently. Expand
Signal of increased opioid overdose during COVID-19 from emergency medical services data
This Kentucky-specific study provides empirical evidence for concerns that opioid overdoses are rising during the COVID-19 pandemic and calls for sharing of observations and analyses from different regions and surveillance systems with timely data collection to improve understanding of the situation and inform proactive response. Expand