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Improving Access to Evidence-Based Medical Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder: Strategies to Address Key Barriers within the Treatment System

Source: B.K. Madras, N.J.Ahmad, J. Wen, J. Scharfstein and the Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery Working Group of the, Action Collaborative on Countering the U.S. Opioid Epidemic

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.

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Bringing Science to Bear on Opioids: Report and Recommendations from the ASPPH Task Force on Public Health Initiatives to Address the Opioid Crisis

Source: Association of Schools & Program of Public Health

This 2019 report from the Association of Schools & Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) presents the recommendations of ASPPH’s Task Force on Public Health Initiatives to Address the Opioid Crisis. The report provides recommendations for policy officials to address the crisis in 8 subject areas:

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Patients & Caregivers

MAT for Opioid Use Disorder – Overcoming Objections

Source: California Health Care Foundation

This 2019 report provides evidence based responses to common objections to using medication assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorder.

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Polysubstance Use: The Norm Not The Exception

Source: Office Based Addiction Treatment at Boston Medical Center's Grayken for Addiction

This 7 minute video titled “Polysubstance Use: The Norm Not The Exception” from a clinician at Boston Medical Center’s Grayken Center for Addiction explains that health care providers are likely to encounter poly-substance use in their patients and describes how and why patients might use multiple substances.

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Patients & Caregivers

BASIS: The Brief Addiction Science Information Source

Source: Division on Addiction, Cambridge Health Alliance, a Harvard Medical School teaching hospital

This website, BASIS, from the Cambridge Health Alliance’s Division on Addiction, provides weekly summaries of addiction science research for patients and their caregivers, policy makers, and clinicians. Users can subscribe to a weekly update of research summaries. BASIS stands for The Brief Addiction Science Information Source.

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Louie’s Story: Face to Face with the Prescription Opioid Crisis

Source: National Safety Council

This video highlights the risks of opioids from the perspective of a mother who lost her son to an overdose after he became addiction following an opioid prescription for a sports injury. The video emphasizes that many patients do not understand the risks of opioid addiction. Produced by the National Safety

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