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Relevant Research, Reviews & Reports

MACS Publications and Posters

Continuous Quality Improvement of the Maryland Addiction Consultation Service: Impact on Program Implementation - poster presented at AMERSA 2021
MACS has expanded to reach a growing audience and critical need for substance use services with innovative services like ProjectECHO and MACS for MOMs.

MACS TeleECHO Pilot poster presented at MATRC Summit 2021

First MACS publication: Program development and implementation outcomes
This paper describes one state’s approach to increase access to medication for opioid use disorders (MOUD) through development and implementation of a statewide addiction consultation service: Maryland Addiction Consultation Service (MACS)

MACS in the Media

Extending Their Reach: UMSOM Addiction Experts Use Innovative Approaches to Help Remote Areas of the State 

New call-in line in Maryland helps doctors treat pregnant women with addictions 
Baltimore Sun article about MACS latest expansion, MACS for MOMs, a program for maternal health providers who care for pregnant patients with substance use disorders.

New program helps doctors treat people with substance use disorders
As a part of Talbot Goes Purple, Easton's local newspaper, Star Democrat, interviewed MACS Consultant, Dr. Eric Weintraub, about Medication-Assisted Treatment and services provided by MACS.

Relevant Reviews & Research Articles

Expanding the Evidence on Integrated Opioid Use Disorder and Infectious Disease  
Evaluation of a sexually transmitted and blood-borne infection screening protocol implemented in a low-barrier access program in Boston, Massachusetts. MACS Consultant and infectious disease expert, Dr. Sarah Kattakuzhy, is an author.

Outcomes for patients receiving telemedicine-delivered MBT for OUD
A group of MACS Consultants and their colleagues at the University of Maryland School of Medicine co-authored this retrospective review.

Opioid Prescribing in the Midst of Crisis - Myths and Realities 
With the opioid-prescribing debate remaining hopelessly polarized — opioids are either industrially sponsored weapons of mass addiction or a misunderstood last hope for alleviating suffering — persistent myths contribute to overprescribing or underprescribing.

Using Telemedicine to Treat Opioid Use Disorder in Rural Areas
This JAMA Medical News story discusses the use of telemedicine to treat opioid use disorder in rural areas and features MACS Consultant, Dr. Eric Weintraub.

Expanding low-threshold buprenorphine to justice-involved individuals through mobile treatment: Addressing a critical gap in care
MACS Consultant, Dr. Michael Fingerhood, is an author of this journal article.

Rethinking Opioid Dose Tapering, Prescription Opioid Dependence, and Indications 
Tapering long-term opioid therapy is challenging, starting with determining whose dose to taper. This article published in the Annals of Internal Medicine discusses achieving effective, safe, and compassionate tapers.

Primary Care for Persons Who Inject Drugs
Article in American Family Physician, co-authored by MACS Consultant, Aaron Greenblatt, MD

Moving Addiction Care to the Mainstream - Improving the Quality of Buprenorphine Treatment
Perspective in The New England Journal of Medicine

Methadone in Primary Care - One Small Step for Congress, One Giant Leap for Addiction Treatment
Perspective in The New England Journal of Medicine

Primary Care and the Opioid-Overdose Crisis -- Buprenorphine Myths and Realities
Perspective in The New England Journal of Medicine

The Next Stage of Buprenorphine Care for Opioid Use Disorder 
Article in The Annals of Internal Medicine

Integrating Substance Use Disorder Treatment and Primary Care
Publication from The National Academy for State Health Policy

Systemic Racism and Substance Use Disorders 
Publication from Psychiatric Annals

Reports

Key Substance Use and Mental Health Indicators in the United States 
This report from SAMHSA summarizes key findings from the 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) for national indicators of substance use and mental health among people aged 12 years old or older in the civilian, noninstitutionalized population of the United States.

Drug Overdose Deaths in the United States
NORC at the University of Chicago and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s USDA Rural Development have created this tool to allow users to map overdose hotspots and overlay them with data that provide additional context to opioid addiction and death - including the strength and diversity of local economies, ethnicity, educational attainment, and disability status of residents. 

Maryland Opioid Operational Command Center Reports  
The Opioid Operational Command Center (OOCC) facilitates collaboration between state and local public health, human services, education, and public safety entities to reduce the harmful impacts of opioid addiction on Maryland communities. While ensuring the privacy and security of sensitive personal information, the Center collects, analyzes, and facilitates sharing data with State and local sources.

AMA Opioid Task Force 2020 Progress Report 
Update on physicians’ progress toward ending the nation’s drug overdose and death epidemic.

Power of Rural - Maryland Impact Sheet 2020 
The Maryland State Office of Rural Health (MD SORH) is one of 50 State Offices of Rural Health. These statewide organizations are designed to work at the local level, linking federal and state resources to rural community needs. This impact statement illustrates a wide variety of efforts put forth to serve the health needs of rural Maryland residents.

The Maryland Addiction Consultation Service is administered by the University of Maryland School of Medicine and funded by the Maryland Department of Health, Behavioral Health Administration.