In June 2015, MHA’s Council on Clinical & Quality Issues was briefed on the state’s efforts to address Maryland’s heroin and opioid misuse epidemic. Following that briefing, MHA took the lead in drafting standardized opioid prescribing guidelines for hospital emergency departments.
The guidelines, linked below, are informed by the work of the Massachusetts Hospital Association, as well as a patient-focused brochure developed by the Maryland Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians (MDACEP) and released in 2014. Also below are additional opioid resources for hospitals.
Webinar Series: Hospitals' Role in Addressing the Opioid Crisis
MHA, in partnership with the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, is hosting a five-part webinar series titled Hospitals' Role in Addressing the Opioid Crisis. The webinars will feature emergency department interventions that can be implemented to help address the opioid crisis. Participants will hear from Maryland hospitals using specific interventions and their experience to date. Registration is required for each webinar.
June 28 at 8:30 a.m.
New Opioid-Related Requirements Impacting Hospital-based Providers
July 11 at 8:30 a.m.
Naloxone Prescribing and Dispensing
September 12 at 8:30 a.m.
Alcohol and Drug Use Screening
October 18 at 8:30 a.m. (Note: Date Change!)
Overdose Survivors Outreach Project
November 14 at 8:30 a.m.
Buprenorphine in the Emergency Department
Opinion Piece in
The Baltimore Sun
The number of deaths from opioid misuse speaks for itself; the problem is getting worse and something must be done. MHA and the Maryland Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians have developed guidelines for prescribing opioids in emergency departments. In this piece, published in The Baltimore Sun, MHA’s Carmela Coyle and ACEP’s Dr. William Jaquis discuss how hospitals and doctors are battling this issue on the front lines. Read Article