What is MOUD (medications for opioid use disorder)?

MOUD refers to the use of medications specifically approved for the treatment of opioid use disorder (OUD). MOUD is an essential component of medication-assisted treatment (MAT), which combines medications with counseling and behavioral therapies to treat OUD. Medications commonly used in MOUD include methadone, buprenorphine, and naltrexone.


MOUD has been shown to be an effective approach to treating OUD, improving treatment retention, reducing illicit opioid use, and decreasing overdose risk. MOUD is considered the gold standard in OUD treatment and plays a crucial role in helping individuals achieve and maintain recovery.

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