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Skip Navigation LinksPennsylvania Department of Health > My Health > A-Z Health Topics > M-P > Opioids > Warm Handoff
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Warm handoff is an approach where a health provider does a face-to-face introduction to a substance abuse specialist and makes a direct referral into substance abuse treatment. Similar to a heart attack patient who, once stable in the emergency department, would receive a facilitated referral to a cardiologist, opioid use disorder patients should receive similar treatment.