Understanding/Embedding Tobacco Cessation as Medication Assisted Treatment

  • Linda Hurley, LCDCS, CODAC, Inc., Providence, RI
  • Dana McCants Derisier, MS, Rhode Island Department of Health, Providence, RI

Opioid Treatment Programs (OTPs) serve the largest number of individuals disparately impacted by tobacco use. Although well-positioned to deliver evidence-based tobacco treatment to patients as a form of medication assisted treatment—historically, they do not. Yet, current research suggests that patients who are “ready for a significant change,” respond favorably to addressing more than one “problem” behavior. CODAC presenters will discuss becoming the first tobacco free OTP in RI (and among the first nationally). Topics include: creating and enforcing a tobacco free policy; offering cessation services to staff and patients; participating in statewide tobacco initiatives; and creating sustainability.


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