U.S. Surgeon General, AHRQ Support Efforts to Reduce Opioid Abuse


Primary Care Research Initiatives

Grants to Increase Access to Medication-Assisted Treatment of Opioid Abuse in Rural Primary Care Practices

Increasing Access to Medication-Assisted Treatment in Rural Primary Care Practices is an AHRQ-funded demonstration research (R18) initiative that will implement medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorder in primary care practice in rural areas of the United States. Through an investment of approximately $9 million over 3 years, this initiative will discover and test solutions to overcoming known barriers to providing MAT in primary care, create training and implementation resources, and ensure access to this evidence-based therapy across America’s rural communities. The practices involved in the initiative will provide access to MAT to over 20,000 individuals struggling with opioid addiction using innovative technology, including patient-controlled smart phone apps, and remote training and expert consultation.

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