Webinar: Data and Policy to Drive Access to Evidence-Based Opioid Use Disorder Treatment

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It is estimated that over 76,975 Americans died because of an opioid overdose in 2021, including from prescription opioids, heroin, and illicit fentanyl. Strikingly, the number of opioid overdoses in the United States has more than quadrupled since 1999, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Furthermore, an estimated 2.7 million people aged 12 and older currently suffer from an opioid use disorder (OUD). Medications for OUD (MOUD) have been shown to reduce fatal overdoses and opioid use and allow recovery and restoration of healthy function. While effective treatments for OUD are available, at a national level, however, there remain barriers to accessing evidence-based treatment, as only 11.2 percent of all people aged 12 or older with a past year OUD received MOUD in 2020. 

FORE's first grantmaking program started in 2020 and focused on promoting access to OUD treatment across the United States, with a particular focus on urban, rural, minority, tribal, and low-income communities that lack resources to meet patients' and families' needs. A number of these projects have completed the important work of generating current data on gaps in services and disparities, as well as identifying what's most effective in reducing barriers to treatment, producing new information that can inform policymakers, payers, and providers. 

Please join the presenters as they share and react to findings from their FORE-funded projects and provide some recommendations for the field.