Innovative Discoveries Series

Opioid Overdose Education with Naloxone Take Home in the Emergency Department

The opioid epidemic has become the largest national health crisis of our lifetime.   There are an estimated 1.9 million people or more addicted to prescription opioids with 4.3 million people using this class of drug for non-medical reasons.  Heroin contributes to a large number of drug overdose deaths each year in the United States.  Those patients that are identified as having an opioid use disorder when presenting to the ED for care offer healthcare providers the opportunity to educate and initiate overdose prevention measures.

This presentation will discuss a study done regarding opioid overdose education and naloxone take home that was done in the Christiana emergency department that includes results, educational opportunities and planned path forward for patients with a substance use disorder that present to the emergency department.


Presented By:

Karen Toulson, DNP, RN, MBA, CEN, NE-BC

Director of Clinical Operations, Christiana Hospital Emergency Department
Nurse Leader, Christiana Care Health System


Free!  Lunch will be served!

This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit.


Friday, October 11, 2019
Noon to 1 p.m.
In-person: Christiana Hospital, Room 1100
Online: Watch live at
Or join meeting ID 361095905 on the BlueJeans app on your smartphone or tablet

This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit.

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