Starting Opioid Treatment in Hospital is Cost Effective: Research by Susan Busch, David Fiellin et al.

August 16, 2017

New research by Susan Busch, David Fiellin et al. finds that the most cost-effective treatment for people with untreated opioid addiction who visit hospital emergency rooms is buprenorphine, a medication that reduces the cravings and the effects of withdrawal.

Published in the journal Addiction, the paper found that “patients with opioid dependence receiving brief intervention, emergency department (ED)-initiated buprenorphine and ongoing follow-up in primary care with buprenorphine (buprenorphine) were twice as likely to be engaged in addiction treatment compared with referral to community-based treatment (referral) or brief intervention and referral (brief intervention). “ 

See Yale News article here.