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Motivating Patients

Revised September 2018

The following videos shows different situations and approaches to screening, intervening, treating and managing these patients in emergency departments.

Topics include:

  • Conversation tools and strategies
  • Opioid use disorder & withdrawal assessments
  • Treatment for opioid use disorder
  • Harm-reduction strategies

Use the information in these videos to support your patients with opioid use disorder.


This series of videos give guidance on how to speak and work with patients to encourage them to enter treatment.

Case 1: Opioid Overdose: ED-Initiated Buprenorphine
Case 2: Seeking Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder
Case 3: Opioid Overdose: Harm Reduction
Case 4: Adolescent Presenting with Opioid Overdose: Assessment, Intervention and Referral

This video elaborates on quantifying alcohol consumption and performing a brief intervention

Case 5: Prescription Opioid Withdrawal Symptoms: Assessment, Treatment and Referral

Information contained in these materials is based on NIDA funded research (see Emergency Department–Initiated Buprenorphine/Naloxone Treatment for Opioid Dependence: A Randomized Clinical Trial) Development of the videos above were funded by a partnership between Yale University and Aetna, however, all content and clinical recommendations were developed by clinicians with expertise in emergency department settings.   This information has been provided as a courtesy on the NIDAMED Web portal, and does not constitute official clinical guidelines or standards. 

This page was last updated September 2018

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