JEAP Initiative Forum Series

Exploring Barriers and Facilitators to the Use of Medications for Opioid Use Disorders (MOUD)

About this 3-part series:

Although prior research has demonstrated the effectiveness of medications for opioid use (MOUD), there are a number of barriers that impede the use of MOUD. The JEAP Initiative will hold a free virtual 3-part forum series focused on MOUD. This forum series will identify barriers and facilitators to the use of MOUD from the perspective of recipients of MOUD, providers of MOUD, and investigators in the MOUD field. This forum is intended to be a place where ideas and views can be exchanged in a supportive environment, with the emphasis on encouraging new or expanded research on MOUD.

Who should attend:

This forum is designed to inspire early career investigators and senior investigators to conduct new or expanded research on the barriers and facilitators of the use of MOUD. Thus, this forum is intended for investigators interested in MOUD. Individuals with lived experience and providers of MOUD who are interested in research on MOUD also are encouraged to attend.

Sessions in the Forum Series

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Friday, October 14, 12:00pm PT – 1:00pm Pacific Time (West Coast time) / 3:00-4:00pm Eastern Time

The October session in this series will be a group discussion of a key publication and documentary about MOUD. The publication will be attached to the calendar invitations for this session. After this session, all attendees will receive a $5 Amazon gift card as compensation for the cost of renting the documentary. Below are the references.

Mackey, K., Veazie, S., Anderson, J., Bourne, D., & Peterson, K. (2020). Barriers and facilitators to the use of medications for opioid use disorder: A rapid review. Journal of General Internal Medicine, 35, 954–963.

Redmond, H. & Marchetti, M. (2018). Liquid Handcuffs: A Documentary to Free Methadone. Portico Films.

Optional introductory information (will not be discussed during session):

National Institute of Drug Abuse. (2021). Medications to Treat Opioid Use Disorder Research Report.

Thursday, November 10, 9:30 – 11:00am Pacific Time (West Coast time) / 12:30-2:00pm Eastern Time

The November session in this series will be a panel discussion with recipients and providers of MOUD. The panelists will share their experiences with accessing or providing this evidence-based treatment, with an emphasis on barriers that made it more difficult or facilitators that made it easier.


Meet our panelists:

Valeri Jones, C-PSS, Site Director, Morehead Center for Change
Paul Sturbaum, Father in Long-Term Recovery
Tamara A. Kirby, LAC, CRADC, Licensed Addictions Therapist
Erin Cox, C-PSS, Peer Support Specialist/Recovery Coach, Voices of Hope

Wednesday, December 7, 9:30-11:00am Pacific Time (West Coast time) / 12:30-2:00pm Eastern Time

The December session in this series will feature a presentation and discussion with Dr. Noa Krawczyk on the state of MOUD research.

Meet our presenter: 

Noa Krawczyk, Assistant Professor, Department of Population Health at NYU School of Medicine

Read her bio here

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