The U.S. opioid epidemic has led not only to unprecedented increases in opioid overdoses, functional impairment, and deaths among adults but also harmed children. After lifting a long-standing moratorium on drug treatment programs and increasing the number of medication-assisted opioid treatment programs (OTPs), Indiana saw a decrease in emergency overdose treatments and foster care placements. This brief explores the positive effects of medication-assisted treatments on children and their caregivers and the cost savings for foster care agencies.
Opioid Crisis, Healthcare, Child Health Policy
Public Health | Public Policy | Substance Abuse and Addiction
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We thank Kate Benson for her careful research assistance. We thank Shannon Monnat and Emily Minnoe for their edits to a previous version of this brief. This brief is part of a series of briefs summarizing findings from a special issue of the ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science on the social and community consequences of the U.S. opioid crisis.
Bullinger, L., Wang, V., & Feder, K. (2023). Opioid Treatment Programs Can Reduce Opioid-Related Emergency Department Visits and Foster Care Placements. Lerner Center Population Health Research Brief Series. 214. https://surface.syr.edu/lerner/214
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