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Suggested Citation:"Front Matter." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2019. Medications for Opioid Use Disorder Save Lives. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25310.
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MEDICATIONS
FOR
OPIOID
USE
DISORDER
SAVE
LIVES

Committee on Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder

Alan I. Leshner and Michelle Mancher, Editors

Board on Health Sciences Policy

Health and Medicine Division

A Consensus Study Report of

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COMMITTEE ON MEDICATION-ASSISTED TREATMENT FOR OPIOID USE DISORDER

ALAN I. LESHNER (Chair), Chief Executive Officer Emeritus, American Association for the Advancement of Science

HUDA AKIL, Co-Director and Research Professor, Molecular & Behavioral Neuroscience Institute; Distinguished University Professor and Quarton Professor of Neurosciences, Department of Psychiatry, University of Michigan

COLLEEN BARRY, Fred & Julie Soper Professor and Chair, Department of Health Policy and Management, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

KATHLEEN CARROLL, Albert E. Kent Professor of Psychiatry, Yale School of Medicine

CHINAZO CUNNINGHAM, Professor, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Montefiore Medical Center

WALTER GINTER, Project Director, Medication Assisted Recovery Support Project

TRACI GREEN, Associate Professor, Emergency Medicine; Associate Director and Senior Scientist, Injury Prevention Research Center, Boston University/Boston Medical Center

YASMIN HURD, Ward Coleman Chair of Translational Neuroscience; Director, Addiction Institute at Mount Sinai, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

ALAN JETTE, Professor, MGH Institute of Health Professions

LAURA R. LANDER, Associate Professor and Addiction Therapist, Department of Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry and Department of Neuroscience, West Virginia University

DAVID PATTERSON SILVER WOLF, Associate Professor, Washington University

SEUN ROSS, Director, Nursing Practice and Work Environment, American Nurses Association

SCOTT STEIGER, Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine and Psychiatry, University of California, San Francisco

DAVID VLAHOV, Associate Dean for Research and Professor, Yale School of Nursing

Study Staff

MICHELLE MANCHER, Study Director

CLARE STROUD, Senior Program Officer

EMILY BUSTA, Associate Program Officer (until September 2018)

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BENJAMIN KAHN, Associate Program Officer

DANIEL FLYNN, Research Associate (until December 2018)

MEREDITH HACKMANN, Research Associate (until December 2018)

MICHAEL BERRIOS, Senior Program Assistant

MARIAM SHELTON, Board on Health Sciences Policy Program Coordinator

DANIEL BEARSS, Research Librarian

ANDREW M. POPE, Director, Board on Health Sciences Policy

Consultant

ANNA NICHOLSON, Science Writer

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Reviewers

This Consensus Study Report was reviewed in draft form by individuals chosen for their diverse perspectives and technical expertise. The purpose of this independent review is to provide candid and critical comments that will assist the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in making each published report as sound as possible and to ensure that it meets the institutional standards for quality, objectivity, evidence, and responsiveness to the study charge. The review comments and draft manuscript remain confidential to protect the integrity of the deliberative process.

We thank the following individuals for their review of this report:

JAN M. BROWN, SpiritWorks Foundation Center for the Soul

H. WESTLEY CLARK, Santa Clara University

KELLY J. CLARK, American Society of Addiction Medicine

BRANDEE IZQUIERDO, SAFE Project

CHRISTOPHER M. JONES, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

PAULA J. LUM, University of California, San Francisco

SANDRA A. SPRINGER, Yale School of Medicine

JOYCELYN SUE WOODS, National Alliance for Medication Assisted Recovery

Although the reviewers listed above provided many constructive comments and suggestions, they were not asked to endorse the conclusions or recommendations of this report, nor did they see the final draft before its release. The review of this report was overseen by JOHN H. KRYSTAL, Yale

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School of Medicine, and KRISTINE GEBBIE, Flinders University School of Nursing and Midwifery. They were responsible for making certain that an independent examination of this report was carried out in accordance with the standards of the National Academies and that all review comments were carefully considered. Responsibility for the final content rests entirely with the authoring committee and the National Academies.

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Preface

The United States is experiencing a public health crisis of almost unprecedented scale: an epidemic of opioid use disorder (OUD) and related overdose deaths. It is not wholly new, as opioid addiction and the resulting societal disruption have been major problems in many countries for hundreds of years, but its magnitude has increased exponentially in the past decades.

As this Consensus Study Report articulates, modern medicine and the science that underpins it have developed and provided a set of highly effective tools that can help address the opioid epidemic—specifically, three U.S. Food and Drug Administration–approved medications—that have been severely underused, even in the health care sector. Their effectiveness and why they are not more widely used are the subjects of this report. Most of the factors impeding their full use can and must be dealt with if real progress is to be made. These factors include the misunderstandings and stigma surrounding both addiction and the medications used to treat it, as well as counterproductive ideologies that consider addiction simply a failure of will or a moral weakness, as opposed to understanding OUD as a chronic disease of the brain that requires medical treatment. This misunderstanding and stigma must be addressed; they have resulted in hundreds of thousands of patients being denied access to life-saving medications on non-medical, non-scientific grounds, which our committee considers to be unethical.

As with all such studies, the committee developed its conclusions based on a review of the scientific literature as it stands at the point in time of the committee’s work. Fortunately, there is a robust research enterprise that is continuing to work on OUD and its treatment. We are confident that these

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efforts will yield results that will continue to increase understanding of OUD and the most effective ways to prevent and treat it. Knowledge needs include refining in detail the most effective protocols for administering medications to specific individuals and subpopulations and the identification of additional molecular targets and approaches to enable the development of new and even more effective medications. Other research needs are discussed throughout the report.

The committee would like to express its great appreciation to the study director, Michelle Mancher, and her colleagues on the National Academies staff whose dedication, competence, and hard work have greatly improved the quality of this report. We also greatly appreciate the insight and support of our sponsors, the National Institute on Drug Abuse of the National Institutes of Health and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Alan I. Leshner, Chair

Committee on Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder

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Acronyms and Abbreviations

AAP American Academy of Pediatrics
ACA Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
CARA Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act
CBD cannabidiol
CDC U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
CFR Code of Federal Regulations
CHC community health center
DATA Drug Addiction Treatment Act
DEA Drug Enforcement Administration
EHR electronic health record
FDA U.S. Food and Drug Administration
HCV hepatitis C virus
HIV human immunodeficiency virus
MAT medication-assisted treatment
MHPA Mental Health Parity Act
NP nurse practitioner
NSDUH National Survey on Drug Use and Health
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OTP opioid treatment program
OUD opioid use disorder
PA physician assistant
PDMP Prescription Drug Monitoring Program
QTc corrected QT interval
SAMHSA Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
siOAT supervised injectable opioid agonist treatment
SROM slow-release oral morphine
SUD substance use disorder
THC tetrahydrocannabinol
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The opioid crisis in the United States has come about because of excessive use of these drugs for both legal and illicit purposes and unprecedented levels of consequent opioid use disorder (OUD). More than 2 million people in the United States are estimated to have OUD, which is caused by prolonged use of prescription opioids, heroin, or other illicit opioids. OUD is a life-threatening condition associated with a 20-fold greater risk of early death due to overdose, infectious diseases, trauma, and suicide. Mortality related to OUD continues to escalate as this public health crisis gathers momentum across the country, with opioid overdoses killing more than 47,000 people in 2017 in the United States. Efforts to date have made no real headway in stemming this crisis, in large part because tools that already exist—like evidence-based medications—are not being deployed to maximum impact.

To support the dissemination of accurate patient-focused information about treatments for addiction, and to help provide scientific solutions to the current opioid crisis, this report studies the evidence base on medication assisted treatment (MAT) for OUD. It examines available evidence on the range of parameters and circumstances in which MAT can be effectively delivered and identifies additional research needed.

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