Practitioner's CornerAn Inpatient Psychiatric Program Targeting Opioid OverdosesMAHGOUB, NAHLA MD; O’CONNELL, KATIE LCSW; GEVINT, KIMBERLY LCSW; DEDONATIS, ANTHONY PMHNP-BC, RN-BC; VELASCO, JOEFFEL RN; THAM, ANNA PharmD; CANGEMI, SONIA LMSW; TAI, FEN-JU LCSW; STELLMAN, MICHAEL LCSW-R; RADOSTA, MICHAEL MA, MS, RN, NEA-BC; ANTHONY, DONNA MD, PhDAuthor Information MAHGOUB: Weill Cornell Medicine/Gracie Square Hospital, New York, NY O’CONNELL, GEVINT, DEDONATIS, VELASCO, THAM, CANGEMI, TAI, STELLMAN, RADOSTA, ANTHONY: Gracie Square Hospital, New York, NY The authors declare no conflicts of interest. Please send correspondence to: Nahla Mahgoub, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Weill Cornell Medicine/Gracie Square Hospital, 420 East 76th Street, New York, NY 10021 (e-mail: [email protected]). Journal of Psychiatric Practice: January 2020 - Volume 26 - Issue 1 - p 71-75 doi: 10.1097/PRA.0000000000000446 Buy Metrics Abstract The United States is currently experiencing an opioid epidemic, as drug overdose deaths have become a leading cause of death. According to the Centers for Disease Control, in 2017, opioids were responsible for 47,000 deaths, which involved both illicit and prescription opioids. A multifaceted public health approach that utilizes public health authorities, health care providers, local hospitals, and affected communities is required to effectively reduce opioid-related morbidity and mortality. The authors of this paper developed an inpatient program on the dual-diagnosis unit at Gracie Square Psychiatric Hospital in New York to target the opioid crisis. The purpose of this program was to train patients and their families on how to respond to an opioid overdose and administer naloxone spray. The paper describes the implementation of this program. Copyright © 2020 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.