Strategies released on countering opioid misuse in correctional settings
The roadmap offers insight into how officials can increase access to medication-based treatments inside facilities as well as upon release
By Sarah Calams
WASHINGTON — A roadmap has been released detailing strategies on how to expand access to medications for individuals with opioid use disorder in the justice system.
The roadmap, which was put together by the National Governors Association and the American Correctional Association, recommends strategies for governors and correctional officials on how to increase access to medication-based treatments for opioid use disorder inside facilities as well as upon release, according to a press release by the NGA.
The roadmap also includes strategies on how to enhance access to medication-based treatments and best-practice interventions that will aid in reducing recidivism. Moreover, the roadmap offers a choice among the "three major federally authorized medications for treating opioid use disorder, as well as behavioral health services," according to the NGA and ACA.
The roadmap, which is part of a collaboration between the NGA and ACA, hopes to help governors, corrections and health leaders identify solutions to reduce opioid overdoses and address opioid use disorder for people in the justice system.
Read the full roadmap here or view it below.