An opioid overdose is significantly more than an isolated event. Patients who present to the emergency department (ED) with overdose have a 6 percent risk of dying in the following year. As with other high-risk acute conditions, we expect patients who survive overdose to receive evidence-based treatment after leaving the hospital.
Austin S. Kilaru, MD, MSHP and Utsha Khatri, MD
May. 27, 2020