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Opioid Use Disorder Treatment Increases

OUD Findings from Medicaid Enrollees

JAMA reports a noted increase in opioid use disorder treatments in those enrolled in Medicaid. The study looked at over a million enrollees from 11 states: medication treatment prevalence in 2014 was 47.8% and in 2018, 57.1%. Of note, use of OUD medication was higher in pregnant women and white enrollees than non-Hispanic black enrollees.

The medications used in the study were buprenorphine, methadone, or naltrexone. The study concludes that “the pattern in the other states is not known” and merits further research.


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