Module 1: Introduction to MOUD
In the United States, rates of opioid
misuse and deaths from overdose are climbing. In rural areas, the increasing
rate of drug overdose deaths is
concerning. As a result, rural-specific strategies for opioid use disorder (OUD) treatment and
recovery are urgently needed. Medication for Opioid Use Disorder (MOUD) is an evidence-based approach
that uses medication to treat OUD.
provides an overview of MOUD and introduces some of the unique challenges to providing MOUD in rural
areas. It provides important background information needed before implementing
a MOUD program in a rural community.
For general information on what to consider when starting a rural program, see Creating a
Program: Where to Begin in the Rural Community Health Toolkit.
In this module: