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Medications for Opioid Use Disorder in Pregnancy in a State Women’s Prison Facility


Knittel, Andrea K.; Zarnick, Samantha M.; Thorp, John M., Jr.; Amos, Elton; & Jones, Hendree E. (2020). Medications for Opioid Use Disorder in Pregnancy in a State Women's Prison Facility. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 214, 108159.


BACKGROUND: Medication for opioid use disorder (MOUD) improves both maternal and neonatal outcomes for pregnant women with opioid use disorder (OUD). Although correctional policies often state that incarcerated pregnant women with OUD should receive MOUD, implementation data is scant. Our aims were to 1) quantify the extent to which pregnant women in a Southeastern prison received MOUD during their incarceration; 2) to describe the medications and doses used during incarceration and frequency of MOUD referral after incarceration; and 3) identify associations between maternal characteristics and receipt of MOUD in order to identify points of intervention for clinical policy change.


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Drug and Alcohol Dependence


Knittel, Andrea K.
Zarnick, Samantha M.
Thorp, John M., Jr.
Amos, Elton
Jones, Hendree E.

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