Medication Assisted Treatments

Medication Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder with Justice Involved Populations

In 2016, the National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA) received an Inspiration Grant from Alkermes for a nationwide campaign to heighten awareness among law enforcement of the opioid addiction crisis and introduce Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) as an evidence-based practice to address this substance use disorder within jail settings.  It is an honor to announce that NSA has once again been awarded with an Inspiration Grant to develop a Compendium of Model Jail-Based MAT Programs. This resource will give sheriffs examples of ongoing successful programs that can bolster their efforts to initially win the support of policymakers, corrections staff, and treatment providers, and then guide their efforts to implement similar programs. The project’s ultimate goal is to increase the number of MAT programs and thereby decrease the number of individuals, families, and communities devastated by the opioid crisis. 

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Original air date: January 11, 2018

Middlesex County, Massachusetts did not let failure stop them when tackling opioid addiction issues.  They learned from what did not work in the first design of their MATADOR (Medication Assisted Treatment and Directed Opioid Recovery) Program to reboot, improve services, and achieve promising results.  The program employs a unique opioid and heroin addiction treatment model that deploys the use of an injectable form of a non-habit forming, long lasting medication that blocks the effects of opioids. Medication is combined with counseling /programming to address the substance abuse issues. Sheriff Koutoujian defines the success of the program by a person that is in compliance with counseling and programs.

Presenter: Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian, Middlesex County, MA

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