Evidence-Based Addiction Treatment

What is this strategy?

Support evidence-based addiction treatment consistent with the American Society of Addiction Medicine’s national practice guidelines for the treatment of opioid use disorder through Opioid Treatment Programs, qualified providers of Office-Based Opioid Treatment, Federally Qualified Health Centers, treatment offered in conjunction with justice system programs, or other community-based programs offering evidence-based addiction treatment. This may include partial or full capital expenditures for facilities that offer evidence-based treatment for OUD. This includes Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) with any medication approved for this purpose by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Why evidence-based addiction treatment?

Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is a highly effective clinical treatment for opioid use disorder (OUD). The use of FDA-approved medications for OUD have been shown to have multiple benefits including reducing cravings/withdrawal symptoms, overdose deaths, and the transmission of communicable diseases, while improving an individual’s quality of life. MAT and other evidence-based treatments, when provided in a supportive, non-coercive, and non-judgmental manner, empower people who use drugs and assist them in reducing the harms of their use of drugs.

Complete List of Resources

The following resources have been compiled by the NC Department of Health and Human Services to help local governments better understand this strategy.
The resources below are organized by level.

Jump to: Introductory Resources | Intermediate Resources | Advanced Resources

Introductory Resources

NC Association of County Commissioners Webinar

Two-part webinar that provides an introduction to medication-assisted treatment (MAT)/medication for opioid use disorder (MOUD) and the role of local public health in implementing MAT/MOUD

Evidence-Based Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder

A 4-page overview of evidence-based treatment options, including methadone, buprenorphine, and naltrexone (from APA)

Information about Opioids for Providers

Prevention, treatment and recovery information for providers

More Powerful NC

An initative that provides resources, support, and facts about finding treatment in North Carolina

Introduction to Medication Assisted Treatment

Learn how medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is used to treat substance use disorders as well as sustain recovery and prevent overdose
(from SAMHSA)

SAMHSA Treatment Locator

Find a state-licensed treatment facility near you

“Syringe Distribution Programs Can Improve Public Health During the Opioid Overdose Crisis”

Issue brief from Pew Charitable Trusts that explains how syringe distribution programs can reduce overdose rates and increase use of treatment

Central Registry of NC Opioid Treatment Programs

An interactive map that displays all clinics that are part of the central registry of opioid treatment programs

NC Treatment and Recovery Support Resources

Directory of treatment and recovery support coordinating organizations by county

NACo Strategy Brief: Increasing Access to Evidence-based Treatment

A short introduction to evidence-based treatment and ways to increase treatment access from the National Association of Counties

Intermediate Resources

MAT Training for NC Residency Programs

Training components and resources for healthcare providers to expand access to evidence-based treatment for opioid use disorder (from MAHEC)

Guidance for Prescribing Buprenorphine

Brief guidance for providers on prescribing buprenorphine products in both outpatient and inpatient settings

National Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder

Guideline intended to inform and empower individuals who are interested in implementing evidence-based treatment practices

Introduction to Harm Reduction Video Series

A 4-part video series that demonstrates practical strategies to support the health of people who use drugs

Linking People with Opioid Use Disorder to Medication Treatment

A technical package from the CDC that covers best practices, policies, and programs

Recommendations for Clinics Implementing a Low Barrier Approach to Providing MOUD

A document that includes recommendations for implementation of MOUD at community health centers and primary care clinics

Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder: NACo Strategy Brief

A short document that includes answers to the most commonly asked questions about Medication-Assisted Treatment

Treatment and Recovery for Pregnant and Parenting People: NACo Strategy Brief

A strategy brief by NACo which contains information about effective OUD treatment for pregnant and parenting people and other best practices

Post X-Waiver Substance Use Disorder Training Suite

7-module continuing education (CE) self-paced training suite that provides information about the X-Waiver

NACo Strategy Brief: Treatment for Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome

A short introduction to Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome and effective treatments from the National Association of Counties

Linking People with Opioid Use Disorder to Medication Treatment

A CDC resource that offers strategies to support linkage to care based on the best available evidence

Advanced Resources

Guidance for Office-Based Opioid Treatment

A comprehensive document that includes guidance for clinics and health departments interested in implementing office-based opioid treatment

Leading-Edge Actions and Strategies to Remove Barriers to Evidence-based Patient Care

A toolkit from the American Medical Association (AMA) which provides actionable resources that states can use to take specific policy actions

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For more information, contact opioidsettlement@dhhs.nc.gov.