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Pioneering Innovative, Effective Strategies to Increase Access to Addiction Treatment

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CA Bridge

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Hospital patient receiving consultation and care from a CA Bridge SUN staff

“With a single E.R. visit we can provide 24 to 48 hours of withdrawal suppression, as well as suppression of cravings. It can be this revelatory moment for people—even in the depth of crisis, in the middle of the night. It shows them there’s a pathway back to feeling normal.” - Dr. Andrew Herring, a director at CA Bridge

5.7K+ Patients served by CA Bridge sites within their first nine months of operation

Increasing access to addiction treatment is at the heart of the CA Bridge model because most physicians and hospitals have not typically seen substance use as a medical condition they could, or would, treat.

The New York Times featured one of CA Bridge’s flagship sites, Highland Hospital in Oakland, that pioneered California’s model for starting addiction treatment in the Emergency Room. In this piece, “This E.R. Treats Opioid Addiction on Demand. That’s Very Rare” a CA Bridge Director, Dr. Andrew Herring, demonstrates how hospital ERs can effectively provide people medicine for withdrawal, “plugging a hole in a system that too often fails to provide immediate treatment.”

Within their first nine months of operation, CA Bridge sites served a total of 5768 patients. “With a single E.R. visit we can provide 24 to 48 hours of withdrawal suppression, as well as suppression of cravings.” said Dr. Herring. “It can be this revelatory moment for people—even in the depth of crisis, in the middle of the night. It shows them there’s a pathway back to feeling normal.”

Read the full New York Times article.

 

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