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Lack of Person-Centered Research Impedes Rural Access to OUD Meds

Updated: Mar 17, 2023

Across the United States, people face many barriers to accessing medications for opioid use disorder (MOUD). This is often particularly pronounced in rural parts of the country, given a slew of hurdles such as limited health care provider knowledge, a dearth of services in harm reduction “deserts,” and stigma surrounding substance use.

But new research, published in the International Journal of Drug Policy, also suggests that there are major knowledge gaps surrounding rural Americans’ access to lifesaving drugs like methadone and buprenorphine.


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