An article about new standardized prescribing guidelines adopted last summer by local emergency department doctors dealing with opioid addiction interviews Robert F. McCormack, MD
, professor and chair of emergency medicine
, who said expanded relationships between the hospitals and clinics has been key. “The truly unique part here is the warm handoff,” McCormack said. “We had enough consensus to say yes, this is the right thing to do, and people bought into that. The idea is this wasn’t putting new services out there; this was coordinating competing services.” Joshua J. Lynch, DO
, clinical assistant professor of emergency medicine, and Gale R. Burstein, MD
, Erie County commissioner of public health and clinical professor of pediatrics
, were also interviewed in the article.