Adjustments and adaptability are key to ensuring access to services

Widespread emergencies such as the coronavirus pandemic may present particular challenges to people who misuse opioids or are in treatment for opioid use disorder (OUD). The resulting psychological, social, and economic distress may disrupt recovery support networks, complicate access to lifesaving medication, and trigger onset or changes in drug use. To address opioid use and treatment during the pandemic, state policymakers should learn from past events and be proactive, heeding federal guidance to prevent new or worsening opioid use and ensuring access to telehealth treatment and recovery services.

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