Treatment Breakthrough: The ER Addiction Stabilization Unit

In June 2017, Dr. Belma Andric, Chief Medical Officer of the Health District of Palm Beach County, Florida, joined Greg on the Cover2 podcast. She shared a unique pilot program that started Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) for overdose victims right in the emergency room (ER). Unlike previous MAT addiction programs, the pilot program included 8 days of house calls to deliver medication and monitor patient progress.

The success of that program inspired a new treatment initiative in Palm Beach County, an ER Addiction Stabilization Unit (ASU) specially designed for those struggling with substance use disorder (SUD). Since its inception, the ASU has treated over 350 patients. Similar to regional centers of excellence that address conditions such as heart, stroke, or cancer care, Palm Beach County now has the first center for evidence-based addiction care.

Just two weeks after the ribbon-cutting ceremony officially opening the ASU, Greg met with Dr. Andric and her team. Together, they introduced this ground-breaking program that, through a public-private partnership, leading the way in overdose treatment, life-long addiction care, and reducing the stigma surrounding addiction and addiction treatment.

Join us on this week’s podcast as Dr. Andric and her team share how they helped create the first ASU in Palm Beach County, Florida.

Dr. Courtney Rowling
Dr. Ana Ferwerda
Ingrid Barlett
Elaine Esplin
Calaisa Olivier