Experts from across California talked about how to make medication-assisted treatment of opioid addiction more readily available in rural areas, where the need is great.
Remedy for the Rural Opioid Epidemic: Leaders Discuss Medication-Assisted Addiction Treatment in Primary Care (680 K)
Communities across the United States are grappling with unprecedented numbers of overdoses and deaths related to prescription opioids and heroin. In California, neither the problem nor the treatment resources are evenly distributed. To understand the challenges in rural Northern California and to identify potential solutions, the California Health Care Foundation (CHCF) convened rural health leaders, addiction specialists, and policy experts in the spring of 2016.
The gathering was part of the California Improvement Network, a community where together, health care leaders learn better ideas for care delivery.
Meeting participants discussed promising models of medication-assisted treatment (MAT) provision in primary care, as well as specific implementation challenges and strategies.
A summary of the main points made at this gathering is available as a Document Download.
This meeting was one of a two-part series. For a summary of the companion meeting, see Emergency Care for the Opioid Epidemic: Leaders Discuss Medication-Assisted Treatment in the ED.
Emergency Care for the Opioid Epidemic: Leaders Discuss Medication-Assisted Treatment in the ED
Recovery Within Reach: Medication-Assisted Treatment of Opioid Addiction Comes to Primary Care