Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder in the Justice System

AATODThis fact sheet from the American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence is intended to separate anecdote and ideology from evidence and fact. It is meant to help practitioners—particularly those in the justice system—to better understand how federally approved medications are best used in treating opioid use disorder. The paper offers evidence-based arguments in support of medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorders, discusses the types of medications available and their effectiveness, and offers policy and legal considerations related to the use of MAT.