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Policy Brief: The Provision of Medications for Opioid Use Disorder in Correctional Settings in the Time of COVID-19: Opportunities and Solutions

January 21, 2021

In a new FORE policy brief, experts Lauren Brinkley-Rubinstein, Ph.D., and Nickolas D. Zaller, Ph.D., explore strategies for ensuring people in jails and prisons have uninterrupted access to medications for opioid use disorder (MOUD) during the pandemic.

These include taking advantage of a new federal waiver that allows providers to initiate MOUD via telemedicine, without a prior physical examination; providing adequate medication supplies upon release; and offering virtual counseling and peer support. They offer case examples from Kentucky, Rhode Island, and Cook County, Illinois, to help correctional agencies partner with public health practitioners to respond to this pandemic and prepare for the next one.