Date

November 22, 2020

Type

Publication

Location

Attendees

A Rapid Review of Opioid Substitution Therapy During Major Disruptions to Medical Care

Date

November 22, 2020

Type

Publication

Location

Attendees

Overview

Key Messages

  • Disaster planning must take into account the health care of people who use drugs (PWUDs) and, specifically, individuals suffering from opioid use disorder
  • There is an identified need for:
    • centralized databases with essential information regarding PWUDs, their medical records, and their medications and dosages
    • standardized but flexible guidelines for OST clinic operation during a disaster
    • communication strategies that connect PWUDs with OST clinic staff and with alternative sources of treatment
    • networks of OST clinics that support each other during an emergency
    • transportation strategies based upon links with public and private transport companies

Authors

Fabio Salamanca-Buentello, Darren K Cheng, Pamela Sabioni, Umair Majid, Ross Upshur, Abhimanyu Sud

Citation

Salamanca-Buentello F, Cheng DK, Sabioni P, Majid U, Upshur R, Sud A. A mixed evidence synthesis of opioid substitution therapy during major disruptions to medical care. CIHR. 2020 Nov 22.

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