Like many states, Maine has two incarceration systems – a state prison system and 15 county-run jails, which historically took different approaches to treating opioid use disorder. While the state prison has provided medication for opioid use disorder (MOUD) since 2019, counties took diverse approaches until an initiative led by Penobscot County Sheriff Troy Morton, president of the Maine Sheriff’s Association, worked with the state Department of Corrections to develop a […]
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About Eliza Mette
Eliza Mette joined NASHP in June 2019 as a policy associate on the Chronic and Vulnerable Populations team. Prior to joining NASHP, Eliza practiced as a health care attorney at Kozak & Gayer, a health care law firm in Augusta, Maine. Eliza also served as a Cancer Research Training Award Fellow with the National Cancer Institute where she focused on global health, health disparities, and metabolomics, all within the context of cancer research. Eliza graduated cum laude from the George Washington University with a BS in public health and magna cum laude from the University of Maine School of Law.
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As drug overdose deaths accelerate during the COVID-19 pandemic, states are working to ensure that a continuum of services, including access to harm reduction programs, remain available to people with substance use disorder (SUD). The National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) recently spoke to Louisiana’s Viral Hepatitis Coordinator Emilia Myers and STD/HIV/Hepatitis Program Deputy […]
Despite COVID-19 workarounds, such as telehealth and virtual recovery programs enabled by flexible federal guidelines, more than 40 states have reported increases in drug overdoses during the pandemic, underscoring the importance of keeping state harm reduction programs as accessible as possible. As COVID-19 upends the nation’s health care systems, treatment for substance use disorder (SUD) […]
As drug overdose fatalities continue to rise and incarceration rates remain high nationwide despite recent declines, states are increasingly developing opportunities for incarcerated individuals to access evidence-based opioid use disorder (OUD) treatment in state prison facilities. While the forced abstinence during incarceration can temporarily pause substance use itself, providing comprehensive treatment that includes medications for […]
The National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) recently spoke to Robert Hansen, executive director of West Virginia’s Office of Drug Control Policy, to learn how the state is expanding opioid use disorder (OUD) treatment access and capacity through strategic partnerships that support its Substance Use Response Plan’s goals. West Virginia has made expanding access […]
People with substance use disorders (SUD) who are experiencing housing instability or homelessness are particularly at risk during the COVID-19 pandemic, leaving states challenged more than ever to identify effective housing strategies that can simultaneously address the complex treatment needs of people with SUD while also curbing the spread of COVID-19 in congregate settings.
The COVID-19 pandemic poses unique risks to people with opioid use disorder (OUD). Overdose risk increases when using individuals are in isolation and injection drug users are at higher risk of COVID-19 mortality due to increased rates of other infectious diseases and negative health effects from substance use.