For Physicians

Check out this video for physicians, to help address opioid use disorder when patients present to your emergency department. 
 

For Nurses

Check out this video for nurses, to help address opioid use disorder when patients present to your emergency department. 
 

Check out this video for nurses, to help understand and manage behaviors when patients with opioid use disorder present to your emergency department. 

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For Physicians and Nurses


Check out this video to see how emergency department buprenorphine induction saves lives. 

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Addiction 101

This video is for anyone interested in learning how opioids affect the brain and body. You’ll also learn about how medication assisted treatment can help someone down the path of recovery.

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Opioid Use Disorder Virtual Summit 2021

In order to create and strengthen communication channels among substance use disorder providers in the Sheboygan area, a recording of our 2021 virtual summit is available to watch here.

  • Become a stakeholder in the Sheboygan area to gather, organize and strengthen care for substance use disorder.  
  • Learn specific details about the opioid treatment service including medication-assisted treatment (initiating buprenorphine) for opioid use disorder at HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital’s Emergency Department.

Buprenorphine Treatment for Patients in Sheboygan

If you have a patient who is ready to start their journey toward recovery, HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital has a buprenorphine induction to recovery service that is available at no cost to patients without insurance. You can send patients to HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital and they can walk into our emergency department anytime for care. No referral is necessary.

Recovery from addiction is possible and you can help! For flyers or posters to help educate patients and the public about this treatment option, contact us

Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT)

To learn more about medication-assisted treatment and how it works, SAMHSA has this evidence-based resource guide for medication assisted treatment, or check out our FAQ page.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Reducing overdoses

Overdoses have doubled since 2015 in Sheboygan County. Learn to recognize the signs of an overdose, understand what to do if someone is overdosing from opioids and how Narcan® can help. 

Signs of an opioid overdose 

  • Unconsciousness or inability to awaken.
  • Non-responsiveness to pain.
  • Slow or shallow breathing or breathing difficulty such as choking or snorting sound.
  • Lips and fingernails turning blue.
  • Cool and clammy skin.
  • Tiny pupils.
  • Slow heart rate. 

What to do if someone is overdosing

  • Call 911.
  • Try to rouse them. Call their name. Shake their shoulders. Don’t slap. 
  • If they don’t respond, vigorously rub their sternum with your knuckles.
  • If they’re not breathing, give a couple of rescue breaths.
  • Administer Narcan®. 

HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital has a brochure with more information about how to prevent opioid overdoses, along with information about Narcan® and Sheboygan area resources. Contact us today for brochures.

Reducing the opioid stigma 

Stigma exists in many facets of life. Learning about the stigma around substance use disorders and being aware of potential biases can help break down barriers that patients are facing when it comes to seeking help. 

The words we use, for instance, can contribute to the stigma around opioid use. Words alone can create barriers for those who are struggling with opioid use disorder, and who would benefit from accessing effective treatment. 

One of the most important things to remember when talking to someone with an opioid use disorder, is to use person-first language – in doing so, we focus on the person, not the disorder. In addition, by choosing words carefully, you can change the conversation to show you understand someone “has” a problem, rather than making them feel like they “are” the problem.

When discussing opioids or other substance use disorders, consider the following:

Instead of: Use:
Addict, user, drug abuse, junkie Person with opioid use disorder or person with opioid addiction
Opioid abuse or opioid dependence Opioid Use Disorder
Problem Disease
Habit Drug Addiction
Clean or dirty urine test Negative or positive urine drug test
Opioid substitution or replacement therapy Opioid agonist treatment
Relapse Return to us
Treatment failure Treatment attempt
Being clean Being in remission or recovery
Adapted from NIDA Words Matter: Terms to Use and Avoid When Talking About Addiction