A State Policy Option to Expanding Methadone: Utilize Federally Qualified Health Centers

In 2019, the state of Ohio passed legislation that allowed for alternative treatment settings for methadone delivery, including Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), prisons, jails and county health departments. The Recovery Research Institute prepared this plain language summary of a peer-reviewed study that looked at the effect implementation of the Ohio policy would have on expanding access to treatment. Continue reading

The American Opioid Epidemic in Special Populations: Five Examples

This discussion paper from the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine’s Action Collaborative on Countering the U.S. Opioid Epidemic looks at how the opioid epidemic in America affects 5 special populations: justice-involved individuals, people living in rural communities, veterans, adolescents and young adults, and people who inject drugs. Continue reading

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

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. Continue reading

Opioid Use Disorder: Barriers to Medicaid Beneficiaries’ Access to Treatment Medications

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has prioritized expanding access to medication assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorder (OUD) as an evidence-based treatment. Because many individuals with OUD are Medicaid beneficiaries, this U.S. Governmental Accountability Office report looked at state Medicaid policies and state and federal laws that might act as a barrier to Medicaid patients accessing MAT. Continue reading

Get Waivered

A link to the Get Waivered website which helps clinicians obtain Drug Enforcement Administration -X waivers to prescribe buprenorphine for opioid use disorder (OUD). They provide free waiver training as well as support for creating buprenorphine programs in emergency departments and strategies from the field of behavioral economics to help departments adopt new practices to treat OUD. Continue reading