On average, someone dies in Colorado from an opioid-related overdose every 15 hours. Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) is more effective at keeping individuals with opioid use disorder (OUD) in treatment than detoxification or counseling without medication. The FHPC and Practice Innovation Program @CU conducted a study to identify where there is insufficient buprenorphine treatment provision to meet the needs of Coloradans, calculate the workforce changes necessary to fill these treatment gaps, and offer recommendations to enable targeted resource allocation and better access to care for individuals with OUD.
The study produced three products designed for state policy makers, administrators, providers, and community stakeholders:
For more information, contact Stephanie Gold.