Elective Naloxone-Induced Opioid Withdrawal for Rapid Initiation of Medication-Assisted Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder
Reid H. Phillips, Mphillipsfirstname.lastname@example.org
We present a case of elective naloxone-induced opioid withdrawal followed by buprenorphine rescue to initiate opioid use disorder treatment in the emergency department. This strategy may represent a safe alternative to prescribing buprenorphine for outpatient initiation, a method that puts the patient at risk for complications of unmonitored opioid withdrawal, including relapse. After confirmation that the naloxone-induced withdrawal was adequately treated with buprenorphine, the patient was discharged with prescribed buprenorphine to follow up in an addiction medicine clinic, where he was treated 2days later.