Spotlight: AnchorED Rhode Island

Evidence Ranking: Potential

Source: Addiction Policy Forum

A brief overview of the AnchorED program in Rhode Island which connects patients seen in the emergency department (ED) for an opioid-related overdose with a trained peer recovery coach. ED staff call the AnchorED hotline which dispatches recovery coaches to meet patients 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The coaches provide the patient with information about recovery supports and resources and may educate the patient or caregivers on naloxone use to treat overdose. Preliminary evaluation reports show that more than 80 percent of patients who meet with the coaches engage in some recovery support services upon discharge. Part of the Addiction Policy Forum’s Spotlight series which highlights innovative programs to address the opioid crisis.

Funding source: Various grants and donations

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Spotlight: AnchorED Rhode Island

A brief overview of the AnchorED program which connects patients seen in the emergency department for an opioid overdose with trained peer recovery coaches.