The AHRQ Academy provides information to support those who are implementing medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorder in primary care settings.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Opioid Initiative
AHRQ released a notice soliciting health services research grant applications that aim to improve understanding of the opioid crisis and provide solutions to address it.
This blog post from AHRQ describes recent research findings and reports from the agency, emphasizing that the opioid epidemic is affecting all communities and populations across the country.
This statistical brief from AHRQ explores prescription opioid use among older adults in relation to socioeconomic status, health status, and insurance coverage.
This statistical brief from AHRQ highlights the impact of opioids on hospital services utilization among older adults in the United States.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) released the results of the 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, including the detailed tables and the Key Substance Use and Mental Health Indicators report.
This toolkit from the National Institute on Drug Abuse provides information on how providers can get started in providing MAT and other recovery support services.
This brief from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services discusses how providers can use telemedicine to increase access to medication-assisted treatment in a manner consistent with applicable guidance and regulations.
This updated report from the Office of the Surgeon General provides an overview of the latest data on the opioid epidemic in the United States.
This fact sheet series from SAMHSA highlights the importance of continuing treatment for opioid use disorder during pregnancy.
This study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) describes the circumstances and substances involved in opioid-related overdose deaths and identifies strategies to improve prevention efforts.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the approval of a new dosage of buprenorphine-naloxone sublingual film for the treatment of opioid use disorder.
This blog post from the U.S. Surgeon General describes the role of and opportunities for faith-based communities to help fight the opioid epidemic and support those in recovery from opioid use disorder.
This CDC guide describes the signs and symptoms of an opioid overdose and the actions an observer should take.
This blog post from CDC describes strategies and lessons learned from the implementation of a public awareness campaign by the New York State Department of Health.
This blog post from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services describes the need to address increases in infectious diseases as part of the comprehensive national opioid strategy.
This blog series shares personal stories about individual’s own experiences coping with opioid use disorder, managing chronic pain, or losing a loved one to an opioid-related overdose.
This CDC study finds that the rate of naloxone administration increased approximately 75 percent between 2012 and 2016.
Tools & Resources
This toolkit from the Addiction Policy Forum provides information, training, and other resources on how to identify and respond to an overdose.
These toolkits from the Addiction Technology Transfer Network provide resources on how the behavioral health workforce (specifically peer support workers, counselors and psychologists, and social workers) can help those with opioid use disorders.
This report from the Urban Institute examines the incidence of neonatal abstinence syndrome and access to MAT for opioid use disorder among pregnant women across California.
This SAMHSA webinar available from the Suicide Prevention Resource Center explores the relationships between opioid abuse, overdose, and suicide and the need for cross-sector collaboration to address them.
This report from the California Health Care Foundation summarizes the requirements of Federal substance use disorder confidentiality regulations and strategies to enhance information sharing.
This issue brief from the Kaiser Family Foundation provides an overview of the findings from a 2018 survey of community health centers on work related to the prevention and treatment of opioid use disorder.
This animated series from the Addiction Policy Forum aims to increase public awareness and understanding of addiction.
This report of conference proceedings from a workshop held by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine describes the relationship between the increase in prevalence of infectious diseases and injection drug use.
This study in JAMA Network concludes Medicaid expansion under the U.S. Affordable Care Act is associated with increased access to buprenorphine-naloxone to treat opioid use disorder.
This study in Health Affairs explores the impact of the Affordable Care Act on the expansion of addiction treatment benefits and utilization controls in alternative benefit plans.
This study in JAMA Pediatrics examines service utilization of MAT for youths diagnosed with opioid use disorder and whether receipt of medication within 3 months of diagnosis is related to retention in care.
This study in Annals of Internal Medicine finds a greater decline in opioid prescribing associated with the release of the CDC prescribing guidelines.
This study in Psychiatric Services explores the use of sequential intercept mapping to identify opportunities to develop community-based responses to the opioid epidemic.
This study in the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment explores barriers and facilitators to help seeking for substance use disorders.
This study in the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment finds most adults with opioid use disorder who live with a child often do not receive any substance use treatment because of their unique needs.
This study in the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment examines the associations between the persistence/recurrence of and remission from substance use disorders and demographic and psychosocial factors.
This study in the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment evaluates an intervention that helps patients receiving MAT for opioid use disorder create a Social Network Activation Group of family and friends who do not use substances.
This study in the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment finds limited availability of buprenorphine providers relative to opioid-related overdose deaths in the Midwestern and Southern regions of the United States.
This study in the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment finds a correlation between the distance to an opioid treatment program and the number of missed doses within the first month of treatment.
This study in Health Services Research finds opioid use among Medicare beneficiaries was relatively stable from 2006 to 2012, with the distribution of opioid use shifting to those with diagnoses typically associated with chronic pain.
This study in Health Services Research evaluates the relationship between opioid use and measures of health-related quality of life among patients with chronic, noncancer pain.
This study in JAMA Surgery concludes changing hydrocodone-containing analgesics from schedule III to schedule II may increase the amount of opioids initially prescribed after surgery.
This study in Science finds clinicians who were notified of patients’ opioid-involved deaths and received a safe prescribing injunction from the county’s medical examiner were subsequently more likely to prescribe lower doses of opioids.
This study in Annals of Internal Medicine finds many outpatient visits that resulted in opioid prescriptions often were not associated with an accompanying pain diagnosis.
Visit the events calendar to find webinars, conferences, and workshops related to opioid use disorder and substance use.
This article in Psychiatric Services describes the experiences of Hancock County, Ohio, in increasing access to treatment for opioid use disorder and reducing opioid-involved overdose deaths.
This column in Psychiatric Services describes the personal experience of a physician managing pain with prescription opioids after recovering from spinal surgery.
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