Dr. Colleen Barry, Fred and Julie Soper Professor and Chair of the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, contributed to a report issued March 20 by the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM), “Medications for Opioid Use Disorder Save Lives.” Dr. Barry is a member of NASEM’s Committee on Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder, which wrote the report.
The report notes that the majority of the two million people with opioid use disorder (OUD) in the U.S. are not receiving medication that would help them stop using opioids. The report concludes that withholding or failing to make available medication for opioid use disorder in any care of a criminal justice setting is denying appropriate medical treatment.
The report identified major barriers to the use of medications to treat opioid use disorder, among them:
The report urges broader treatment and further research.
The New York Times highlighted the report in a March 26 editorial.Friday Letter Submission