In 2017, D.C. experienced 279 deaths related to opioid overdose. Fighting the opioid epidemic is a priority of DCHA and the District of Columbia. Mayor Bowser and the Department of Behavioral Health announced plans to reduce opioid-related deaths by 50 percent by 2020.
DCHA has been awarded a grant to establish and implement an Emergency Department (ED) Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) Induction program at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, Howard University Hospital and United Medical Center to identify and provide access to immediate substance use treatment for individuals with opioid use disorder (OUD). Evidence has shown that initiating early interventions, such as MAT, at the first point of care saves more lives.
Goals, Objectives & Outcomes Press Release