It has been seven months since Berkshire Health Systems began offering medical-assisted treatment to people with opioid use disorder at its emergency departments, and so far, the results have been successful, hospital officials say.

About 64 percent of the patients who were prescribed their first dose of buprenorphine — it's also known as Suboxone — at the emergency room have continued that form of treatment with the Brien Center, according to Dr. Jennifer Michaels, the center's medical director.  Read more at Berkshire Eagle.com.