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JCOIN Webinar: Key Barriers and Facilitators for Medications to Treat Opioid Use Disorders in U.S. Jails

Updated: May 6

While previous studies examine the availability of medications for opioid use disorder (MOUD) in jails and the barriers to using these medications, much less is known about how to incorporate best practices for addressing opioid use disorder (OUD) in jails. Determining the best practices involves considering the necessary training, resources, and technical assistance for providing MOUD. In response to this urgent need, researchers with JCOIN’s Clinical Research Center at Chestnut Health Systems conducted a national study to understand the OUD best practices in jails located in counties heavily impacted by opioid overdose in the U.S. and their resource and training needs.

This webinar presents findings from the national study, including identifying 10 OUD best practices that were consistently referenced in treatment and practice guidelines recommended by various federal agencies and national organizations, and were grounded in the scientific literature. Presenters also shared insights from study sites on critical barriers that impede the implementation and expansion of MOUD in the criminal legal system and facilitators to support and provide evidence-based services to individuals with OUD who come in contact with the legal system.


  • Christine Grella, Ph.D., Senior Researcher, Lighthouse Institute, Chestnut Health Systems

  • Tisha Wiley, Ph.D., Branch Chief, Associate Director for Justice Systems, National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

This webinar is sponsored by the Justice Community Opioid Innovation Network (JCOIN), an initiative funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). The webinar is also in partnership with the Addiction Policy Forum.


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