Addiction Policy Forum Hospital Toolkit

Addiction Policy Forum logoThis toolkit from the Addiction Policy Forum (APF) was designed to empower patients, families, emergency medicine providers, and policymakers to work collaboratively to identify patients with substance addictions in need of help, initiate evidence-based treatments, and connect patients and their families to comprehensive support services.

The opioid epidemic has resulted in an increased utilization of the health systems’ inpatient and emergency medicine services. A hospital or emergency department may be the only place a patient with a substance addiction receives health care, making this a critical intervention point for engaging this population and linking them to treatment. Featuring clinical information about screening, emergency department-initiated treatment, and guidance regarding post-overdose family notification, this toolkit provides a comprehensive resource to those looking to support people with substance addictions.