Individuals taking medications for Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) are particularly vulnerable to a disease that affects respiratory systems. The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) has published the Updated National Practice Guideline for Treating Opioid Use Disorder in late March. The updated guideline includes major revisions to 35 existing recommendations, along with 13 new recommendations for screening, MAT, overdose, special populations, and more.
ASAM has developed important quick-reference tools to help with the implementation of the new recommendations. ASAM has asked that these get into the hands of as many providers as possible, and they are currently working with various state and county-level substance abuse and mental health organizations who are offering these to their regional providers, health care, and treatment centers. Some states are also “customizing” the guides with local resources, and the feedback so far has been very encouraging!