This discussion paper from researchers affiliated with the National Academy of Medicine identifies strategies to increase access to evidence-based treatment for opioid use disorder (OUD) in health care settings. Effective OUD treatment includes access to medications such as methadone, buprenorphine, or extended-release naltrexone as well as opportunities to receive additional services such as behavioral counseling, case management, and peer support. This paper describes strategies to address 9 key barriers to accessing these evidence-based treatments: stigma; inadequate clinical training; lack of addiction medicine specialists;, lack of integration of medications to treat OUD in health care practices and settings; regulatory, statutory and data sharing restrictions; and financial barriers.
Funding Source: National Academy of Medicine
Improving Access to Evidence-Based Medical Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder: Strategies to Address Key Barriers within the Treatment System
A report describing strategies to address 9 key barriers to providing evidence-based treatment for OUD in health care settings