Eric Ketcham, MD, FACEP, participated in a congressional briefing sponsored by the Coalition to Stop Opioid Overdose and the Mental Health Liaison Group to share his perspective as an emergency physician who treats individuals with substance use disorders (SUDs) and to encourage Congress to continue its important efforts to address the nation’s opioid epidemic.
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Dr. Ketcham’s remarks focused on the unique role of emergency medicine and how emergency departments can better coordinate with resources in the community to ensure patients receive appropriate short- and long-term care. He also reinforced the need for Congress to appropriate the necessary funding for the Alternatives to Opioids and Preventing Overdoses While in Emergency Rooms acts, which were passed by Congress last year as part of HR 6, the SUPPORT Act. These two ACEP-developed bills were authorized by Congress last year and now require funding to ensure these critical resources can help expand the reach of emergency medicine to better serve patients with SUDs.