Policy Resources

OVERCOMING DATA-SHARING CHALLENGES IN THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC: Integrating Substance Use Disorder Treatment in Primary Care 

(July 2018) In response to the opioid epidemic, states and the federal government have sought to increase the availability of substance use disorder (SUD) treatment. Through medication-assisted treatment (MAT) programs and other efforts, primary care practices have taken a more prominent role in providing SUD care. Primary care practices are stepping up to treat addiction due to many factors — recognition of the role of the medical system in driving opioid overuse and addiction, shifting of attitudes about addiction with acceptance of SUD as a chronic disease, and insufficient specialized treatment resources to address growing demands, especially in rural areas. However, common roadblocks for primary care practices are the inability to efficiently and effectively communicate with SUD providers and a lack of clear guidance about how to share SUD and primary care treatment information.


(June 2018) The Urban Institute – This report provides a rapid review of evidence on the potential cost savings associated with providing screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment for individuals with substance use disorders (SUDs) related to alcohol and drug use in emergency departments (EDs).