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Video Demonstration of the Warm Hand-Off: Helping Patients Pursue Treatment for Addiction

Health care professionals, police, ENTs, and family members have used the anti-overdose drug Naloxone to save hundreds of people who have overdosed on opioids and heroin. Their revival leads to a golden opportunity to talk with overdose victims about how they can use this second chance to get help for their addiction.

These conversations – known as the “warm hand-off” – can be difficult for medical professionals, because they are rarely trained to lead them. But it is a skill they can develop.

Pennsylvania emergency physician Charles Barbera, MD, FACEP, demonstrates in the video below.


The Pennsylvania Medical Society has partnered with the Pennsylvania Department of Health and other groups to create continuing medical education about opioid abuse and misuse. Learn more at

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Thank you Dr. Barbera for this informative talk.

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Helps me know that I am doing the right thing when I have these tough talks.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018 5:43:01 AM