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Addiction Treatment Expands, but Remains Unequal

State-funded Medicaid programs provide crucial support and services for low-income Americans in need of healthcare and, in recent years, have proved incredibly effective in helping those with opioid addiction. Still, gaps in accessibility remain.

This Medicaid Outcomes Distributed Research Network (MODRN) study was based on over a million patients in 11 states and found medication use for the treatment of OUD increased from 47.8% in 2014 to 57.1% in 2018.

To determine the quality of care, researchers assessed for one period of continuous medication for 6 months, one urine drug test order, and one behavioral health counseling claim, as well as if any other controlled substances linked to increased overdose risk had been prescribed.

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