Battling the opioid epidemic: New research shows access to opioid use disorder treatment in emergency rooms saves lives

OAKLAND, Calif., March 26, 2024 -- Patients who receive buprenorphine for opioid use disorder (OUD) in the Emergency Department (ED) are more likely to remain engaged in treatment 30 days later. That's according to new research conducted from seven California EDs including Alameda Health System's (AHS) at the Wilma Chan Highland Hospital Campus in Oakland, Calif. Dr. Andrew Herring, emergency [...]

The Wilma Chan Highland Hospital Campus has a new ‘harm-reduction vending machine’

The Wilma Chan Highland Hospital Campus has a new vending machine. But instead of snacks, it’s stocked with socks, condoms, Naloxone, and hygiene basics. The harm-reduction vending machine is free and focused on reaching those who might benefit from substance use treatment services. Both the equipment facilitating safer drug use and the personal care items [...]

Substance Use Treatment Program Graduation

AHS's Substance Use Treatment Program has established an impressive legacy spanning over 25 years. Despite the challenges posed by the pandemic, this year marked the program's second in-person graduation. Our dedicated team of therapists, navigators, case managers, childcare coordinators, community health outreach workers, substance use counselors, and administrative professionals collaborates to provide unwavering support to [...]