Conclusions

Medications to treat chronic opioid use disorder are among the most rigorously researched medications in the world. Study after study has shown that MAT is a highly effective treatment for opioid use disorder. The National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP) has emphasized the need to include MAT in the toolkit for treating addiction of criminal justice involved individuals:

Numerous controlled studies have reported significantly better outcomes when addicted offenders receive medically assisted treatments including opioid agonist medications such as methadone, opioid antagonists such as naltrexone, and partial agonist medications such as buprenorphine. Therefore, a valid prescription for such medications should not serve as the basis for a blanket exclusion from a drug court. A unanimous resolution of the NADCP Board of Directors provides that drug courts should engage in a fact sensitive inquiry in each case to determine whether and under what circumstances to permit the use of medically assisted treatments. This inquiry should be guided in large measure by input from physicians with expertise in addiction psychiatry or addiction medicine (NADCP, 2013).

It is important to maintain an impartial view of how individuals, who are opioid addicted and under legal supervision, should have access to the federally approved medications to treat this illness. In other words, utilizing evidence based treatment interventions take precedence over anecdote and ideology.

 

 

 

 

 

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