Challenges to Opioid Treatment Providers after Hurricane Sandy

  • Harlan Matusow, PhD, National Development and Research Institutes, New York, NY
  • Ellen Benoit, PhD, National Development and Research Institutes, New York, NY
  • Andrew Rosenblum, PhD, National Development and Research Institutes, New York, NY

During and after Hurricane Sandy, methadone maintenance patients faced obstacles to obtaining treatment. This session describes ways in which Opioid Treatment Program (OTP) staff anticipated and responded to service disruptions (based on evaluations of emergency plans and interviews with staff, administrators, and State officials; State Opioid Treatment Authorities (SOTAs)) and, patient and drug user experiences during and after the Storm (based on focus groups with patients and out-of-treatment drug users). Recommendations, evaluated for usability and feasibility by a nationwide sample of OTP directors and SOTAs, for improving continuity of care in future emergencies are presented. Key areas of focus include Communication, Transportation, and Technology.

 

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