Opioid Use Disorder Treatment in Pregnancy: A Program for Green County

Author

Abigail Becker

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Similar to state and national trends, evidence in Green County, Wisconsin suggests that there is an increase in opioid use within the pregnant population leading to opioid use disorder
(OUD). Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is a recommended best practice for the care of
pregnant women to stop and prevent opioid withdrawal and improve infant and maternal
outcomes (SAMHSA, 2014). Significant barriers to MAT are noted in Green County as there are
a total of two prescribing providers in the area and neither provide services to pregnant
women. Mothers who are enrolled in MAT are forced to receive care 35-45 miles outside of
Green County in Beloit or Madison, Wisconsin. Further transportation demands and financial
constraints put patients at risk for missed doses, relapse, and drug overdose. To increase access
to MAT, our goal is to increase the number of prescribing physicians in Green County by
providing education on evidence-based interventions for OUD, outlining the MAT certification
process, and providing information on disparities within the county.

Read the final student report delivered to the local gov/community partner.

UniverCity Year Contact Info
Gavin Luter
Managing Director
gavin@cows.org
608-261-1141

University Faculty Contact
Barbara Duerst
Population Health Sciences

barbara.duerst@wisc.edu

Local Government / Community Contact

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