The dramatic increase in opioid overdose deaths across the nation, particularly in rural areas, highlights the need for rapid expansion of access to medication treatment for opioid use disorder (MOUD). However, the substance use disorder treatment and care options in rural communities differ from those in urban areas. Rural populations may experience insufficient insurance coverage, geographic isolation, transportation barriers, low health literacy, substance use-related stigma, a lack of substance use specialty care options, and limited availability of bilingual providers.
This session will explore some of the unique characteristics of rural communities and discuss the strengths and challenges to delivering MOUD care within rural areas. Presenters will discuss the models they use for providing MOUD in their settings, and possible solutions to addressing some of these challenges.