“Warm Handoff” Program Aims to Get Overdose Survivors Directly Into Treatment

A new program in Pennsylvania called “warm handoff” directly transfers overdose survivors from the hospital emergency department to a drug treatment provider. The program, developed by the state’s Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP), is designed to avoid merely giving survivors a phone number to call or setting up a subsequent appointment a day or two later.

“There is a very high risk of a repeat overdose in the period right after a person leaves the emergency room for a drug overdose,” says Gary Tennis, Secretary of the Pennsylvania DDAP.  “Our aim is to avoid that risk by getting the survivor directly to treatment without hitting the street at all.”

Full story of the warm handoff for overdose survivors at drugfree.org

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Will Savage

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