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Medications for Opioid Use Disorder Save Lives: Consensus Study Report – Highlights

Evidence Ranking: Proven

Source: National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine

This four page document presents the highlights from the 2019 National Academies report on medication assisted treatment for opioid use disorder. Funding Source: National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institutes of Health; Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services



The COVID-19 public health emergency is particularly challenging for people in treatment for substance use disorder, people in recovery, and people who use drugs. This collection features educational resources that can be adapted for local settings, specific guidance on harm reduction, recovery housing and providing peer support services during the pandemic, and links to websites that provide high-quality information, data, and/or examples for local communities to adopt.

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Medication Assisted Treatment – Law Enforcement, Corrections and Justice Settings

The use of medication assisted treatment (MAT) has increasingly been adopted in justice settings including correctional facilities, re-entry programs, and treatment courts. This collection includes: An 11 minute video featuring the stories of individuals who achieved recovery from addiction through receiving medication-assisted treatment (MAT) while in jail A comprehensive toolkit from the National Council on Behavioral Health and Vital Strategies to guide correctional staff in creating and managing medication assisted treatment programs for individuals with opioid use disorder in jails and prisons A 2019 overview from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration of MAT in criminal justice settings A 2019 report from the O’Neill Institute for Global Health Law on legal, legislative and fiscal strategies to implement MAT in correctional facilities, treatment courts and the child welfare system A report from the National Sheriff’s Association and the National Commission on Correctional Health Care on implementing MAT programs in the jail setting A guide from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services and Bureau of Justice Assistance to preventing and addressing medication diversion for medication assisted treatment (MAT) programs in correctional facilities A report from the Legal Action Center on MAT in treatment courts A report from the National…
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Medication Assisted Treatment – Hospitals and Emergency Departments

Hospital inpatient care programs and emergency departments are increasingly developing policies and programs to provide medication assisted treatment (MAT) to their patients. This collection features guidelines from the Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association, resources and tools from the California American College of Emergency Physicians, and links to the Public Health Institute’s California Bridge Program and the California Health Care Foundation’s Support for Hospital Opioid Use Treatment (SHOUT) initiative. Also included is a link to Massachusetts General Hospital’s “Get Waivered” campaign which provides free buprenorpine waiver training and support for creating emergency department programs.

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Medication Assisted Treatment – Primary Care Providers and Health Care Clinics

Efforts to expand patient access to medication assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorder (OUD) often focus on enhancing the ability of primary care providers and health care clinics to offer MAT treatment. This collection features resources intended to help primary care providers and clinic staff establish and maintain MAT programs for their patients.

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Medication Assisted Treatment – Stigma and Negative Stereotypes

Despite the overwhelming evidence that medications such as methadone, buprenorphine, and naltrexone are effective at treating opioid use disorder, objections to medication assisted treatment (MAT) are still common. The resources in this collection are intended to help dispell the myths and negative stereotypes about MAT.

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