Opioid Use in Rural Communities: A 4-part Series Addressing Implementation and Sustainability of Medication Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder in Clinical Settings
The Greater Southern California Node (GSCN) of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Clinical Trials Network (CTN), in partnership with the Pacific Southwest Addiction Technology Transfer Center (PSATTC), presents a 4-part training series addressing the implementation and sustainability of medications for opioid use disorders (MOUD) in rural settings. The series will be hosted by Larissa Mooney, M.D., who is a Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and the Director of the Addiction Psychiatry Division in the Department of Psychiatry and Biomedical Sciences at UCLA. She is also a Principal Investigator for the GSCN of the NIDA CTN.
Expert clinical researchers and clinicians in rural communities from across the U.S. will share practical knowledge and skills for improving care for patients with OUD. Please note, individuals can earn free CMEs and CEUs for their attendance and sessions do not build on one another; individuals are free to select which topics are most relevant to them.
Part 1: October 12, 2022 from 12:00-1:00pm PST
Hindrances and Helps in Delivering MOUD Care in Rural Areas
The substance use disorder treatment and care options in rural communities differ from those in urban areas. Rural communities may experience insufficient or lack of insurance coverage, geographic isolation, transportation barriers, low health literacy, substance use-related stigma, a smaller health care workforce, a lack of substance use specialty care options, and limited availability of bilingual providers. This session will explore some of the unique characteristics of rural communities and discuss the strengths and challenges to delivering MOUD care within rural areas. Presenters will discuss the models they use for providing MOUD in their settings, and possible solutions to addressing some of these challenges.