Psychiatr Serv 2021 Sep 15:appips202000565. Epub 2021 Sep 15.
Department of Population Health, Section on Tobacco, Alcohol, and Drug Use, New York University Grossman School of Medicine, New York City (McNeely, Schatz, Appleton); Office of Behavioral Health, New York City Health + Hospitals, New York City (Schatz); Columbia University Medical Center (Olfson) and Department of Psychiatry (Williams), Columbia University, New York City; New York State Psychiatric Institute, New York City (Williams).
The United States is experiencing an unprecedented opioid crisis, with a record of about 93,000 opioid-involved overdose deaths in 2020, which requires rapid and substantial scaling up of access to effective treatment for opioid use disorder. Only 18% of individuals with opioid use disorder receive evidence-based treatment, and strategies to increase access are hindered by a lack of treatment providers. Using a case study from the largest municipal hospital system in the United States, the authors describe the effects of a workforce shortage on health system responses to the opioid crisis. Read More