Moving Beyond “Cold Turkey” - Medication Assisted Therapies for Opioid Dependence in Correctional Settings
Tuesday, November 3, 2015: 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Despite high rates of opioid use among persons entering prisons and jails in the United States, evidence-based medication assisted therapies (MAT) remain unavailable in many correctional settings. Many incarcerated patients dependent on opioids suffer from withdrawal symptoms that may be inadequately treated, resulting in the use of drugs during their incarceration placing them at risk of blood borne infections, and of relapse and overdose after they are released. This session will explore the factors necessary for successfully implementing MAT programs as well as the barriers faced by systems wishing to implement such programs. The session will discuss the characteristics of available pharmaceutical agents, linkage to community care, and the human rights implications of the unavailability of MAT to opioid-dependent prisoners and detainees.
Session Objectives: Describe the burden of morbidity and mortality associated with opioid dependence in criminal justice-involved populations
Define and differentiate available medication assisted therapies (MAT) for the treatment of opioid dependence
Identify the prerequisites for successful MAT programs in correctional settings
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Organized by: APHA-IHRC
Endorsed by: International Health
Medical (CME), Health Education (CHES), Nursing (CNE), Public Health (CPH)
Masters Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES)