Those who suffer from opioid use disorder and have been incarcerated are more likely to die of an overdose after being released than the general public. There are evidence-based medications that exist that can help those with opiod use disorder and the use of these medications can be implemented within jails and prisons. The National Council recently released a toolkit to help jails and prisons implement the use of medications that are proven to help those who are incarerated and suffer from opioid use disorder.
The toolkit includes:
- Guidance from relevant professional associations.
- Screening and assessment tools.
- Strategies to reduce medication diversion.
- A table to help estimate the total MAT patient population.
- A calculator to estimate the costs of providing buprenorphine.
- A flowchart on how to become an opioid treatment program.
- A list of no-cost training resources.
- Sample forms for patient information and consent.
- Sample policies and operating procedures.
- Sample monitoring and evaluation metrics.