President’s Commission on the Opioid Crisis Recommends Use of MAT in Corrections
The bipartisan President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis has issued an interim report with nine recommendations for quick action to address the epidemic of opioid addiction and overdose. The “most urgent” recommendation is that the president declare a national emergency, which would impel and empower Congress and the Executive Branch to take immediate steps to fight the epidemic.
Recommendations include use of medication-assisted treatment in corrections. “Multiple studies have shown that individuals receiving MAT during and after incarceration have lower mortality risk, remain in treatment longer, have fewer positive drug screens, and have lower rates of recidivism than other individuals with [opioid use disorders] that do not receive MAT,” according to the report. The commission recommends that the Department of Justice increase the use of MAT for OUDs in correctional settings.
Among the other recommendations are a rapid increase in treatment capacity across the country, mandated prescriber education initiatives, funding of a federal initiative to enhance access to MAT and provision of model legislation for states with regard to availability of naloxone.