The UPMC Internal Medicine Recovery Engagement Program in Pittsburgh recently relocated to another building within the UPMC Mercy complex. The move is expected to make it easier to transition patients from inpatient to outpatient services by streamlining and improving accessibility to opioid use disorder care.
The program offers opioid use disorder patients community-based support and guidance from peer recovery specialists, behavioral health counseling, social service support from licensed social workers, primary medical care, and medications.
“Now more than ever, we cannot give up the fight against the opioid epidemic,” Dr. Jane Liebschutz, Division of General Internal Medicine chief and UPMC endowed chair for Translational Research and Medicine, said. “The pandemic has presented all of us with many challenges, and for those who are struggling with substance use disorder, it’s essential that care is as accessible as possible. Our program is designed to break the cycle of addiction, step-by-step and day-by-day, with the goal to restore people’s hope that they can achieve wellness to lead healthy, productive lives.”
Mercy’s emergency department experiences the largest volumes of substance use disorder patients across the UPMC system. A new toxicology telemedicine program will connect the department’s clinicians with toxicologists to determine which patients might benefit from buprenorphine therapy.