Medication for Opioid Use Disorder

Medications for opioid use disorder (MOUD) are one of the most effective routes to recovery for individuals with opioid use disorder. HCS communities implemented a variety of practices to increase access and acceptance of MOUD, which include buprenorphine, methadone, and naltrexone. All these medications have received FDA approval for OUD treatment and have helped individuals sustain long-term recovery.

Here, we provide resources about strategies to raise awareness and increase availability of MOUD in your community.

Ask the Expert: Dr. John Winhusen

Dr. John Winhusen, Professor at University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and HCS principal investigator, explains how medication for opioid use disorder (MOUD) work, their effectiveness, and debunks common myths about MOUD.

Courtesy of HEAL Connections

Quick Guides to Evidence-based Practices

72-hour Methadone

How to use the 72-hour methadone rule to administer methadone to patients in opioid withdrawal.

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Long-acting Injectable Buprenorphine

How to add or expand the availability of long-acting injectable buprenorphine in primary care, behavioral health, specialty substance use disorder, and recovery program settings.

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Bridge Clinics in General Medical Settings

This quick guide explains the benefits of community "bridge" clinics. Bridge clinics expand access to methadone by treating opioid withdrawal with methadone for up to 72 hours and providing rapid referrals to outpatient treatment programs.

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MOUD Resources from the HEALing Communities Study

Methadone Myths & Facts

This video provides an overview of methadone and addresses some common myths clients might hear about methadone use.

MOUD Information Sheet

MOUD Linkage and Retention Recovery Coach Training Manual

This manual provides resources used to train recovery coaches to implement programs that help individuals link to and stay retrained in MOUD treatment.

Common Myths about Methadone

Learn about methadone, including answers to common questions or addressing commonly heard methadone myths.


Evidence to Action: Stories from the HEALing Communities Study

Hamilton County, Ohio
Hamilton County Advances Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder in Jail

People who start medication for opioid use disorder (MOUD) prior to release from jail or prison and continue taking MOUD as they reenter their communities are 75% less likely to experience an overdose. Learn about a program championed by the sheriff’s department and community partners in Hamilton County, Ohio, which ensures incarcerated individuals can access treatment prior to release.

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Stories from the Field

Ulster County, New York
Emergency Housing for Opioid Treatment

Providing emergency housing to support entry into and reentry from treatment for opioid use disorder: A Behavioral health and law enforcement crisis responses team collaboration in Ulster County, New York.