Use of Telehealth During the Pandemic Tied to Fewer Opioid Overdoses

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“Protective effect” for Medicare patients with OUD who used telehealth services, says researcher.

Medicare enrollees with opioid use disorder (OUD) who took advantage of the expanded telehealth access during the pandemic had lower odds of needing treatment for an overdose and were also more likely to stay on medication for OUD, a longitudinal cohort study found.

And the receipt of OUD-related telehealth services also increased the odds of OUD-medication retention among enrollees (aOR 1.27, 95% CI 1.14-1.41), demonstrating a “protective effect” for this population, Jones told MedPage Today.

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