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Supporting Children and Families Affected by the Opioid Epidemic – Emerging Policy Considerations

Laudan Y. Aron, Sarah Benatar, Rebecca Peters – 2020

Investing in community health programs and designing opioid use disorder (OUD) public health interventions with families in children in mind will be important for closing key gaps in care, according to a new report from the Urban Institute. Specifically, lapsing community health supports are making it difficult for parent caregivers with OUD to engage in evidence-based OUD and substance use disorder (SUD) care. Limited community health programming is also damaging to children whose parents or caregivers have OUD or SUD.