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CA Bridge is working to ensure that people with substance use disorder receive 24/7 high-quality care in every California health system by 2025. We seek to fully integrate addiction treatment into standard medical practice—increasing access to treatment to save more lives.

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When we create universal access to MAT throughout California hospital emergency rooms, we will have reached a scale unmatched by any other state. This will have tremendous positive implications on rates of addiction, overdose, and death, along with a reduction in the social costs of addiction. The National Institute on Drug Abuse estimated in 2011 that nationwide, substance abuse costs $740 billion a year in costs related to crime, lost work productivity, and health care--a number that has only increased in the intervening years. Because our work is pushing the boundaries of how people who use drugs receive care, it has important national implications. Our model is already having an impact outside of California; our web resources have been downloaded by clinicians in 26 other states with elements of the CA Bridge model being replicated in Colorado, Texas, and West Virginia. Across the country, we are seeing a greater movement towards approaches in hospitals that lower barriers to care and put the needs of the patient first.

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