Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder in Criminal Justice Settings (3 CE)
This course is for: Social Workers, Psychologists, Counselors, Marriage & Family Therapists, Addiction Counselors and Graduate Students
Course By: Helen Hinton, LPCC
Content By: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: Use of Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder in Criminal Justice Settings. HHS Publication No. PEP19-MATUSECJS Rockville, MD: National Mental Health and Substance Use Policy Laboratory. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2019.
Course Description: The opioid crisis that occurred in 2017 was resultant from an overall increase in opioid-related deaths. Increased arrest and incarceration rates for opioid-dependent individuals were also noted at that time. Consequently, treatment (tx) modalities for opioid addiction were deemed necessary in community, correctional, and post-release community settings. Additionally, incarcerated individuals with Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) evidenced decreased opioid tolerance rates. Approximately 1 in 3 individuals experienced relapse post-release. Opioid relapse, concomitant with decreased tolerance rates, led to an increased risk of overdose. Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) was/is an effective tx modality that can be employed in correctional and post-release settings. Providers who employ MAT may increase offender tx engagement, reduce criminal recidivism rates, and decrease both relapse and overdose rates.
- Describe the importance of providing medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for incarcerated individuals with Opioid Use Disorder both during incarceration and upon release to the community
- Understand the US FDA approved medications for OUD tx respective of medication dispensing, effectiveness and prescribing practices
- Understand the risks and benefits associated with each medication for OUD tx in correctional and post-release settings
- List some examples of MAT supported tx methods/programs and related outcomes
- Understand plausible solutions relative to the barriers that are associated with MAT implementation
- Read and understand Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: Use of Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder in Criminal Justice Settings
- Read and review the Course Description and Learning Objectives
- Consider tx modalities that are feasible to employ in correctional and post-release settings
- Work through the post-test questions; bear in mind that answer selections should be derived from the respective journal article
- Return to the referenced article for any missed questions, or to review tx methods for OUD