MMS signs joint letter supporting medication assisted treatment for incarcerated individuals

The Massachusetts Medical Society is proud to be included in a coalition of organizations that on Nov. 1 sent to Massachusetts lawmakers, including House Speaker Robert DeLeo, the Joint Committee on the Judiciary and the Joint Committee on Mental Health, Substance Abuse and Recovery, a letter advocating for the implementation of medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for inmates with opioid abuse disorder who are incarcerated within the Department of Corrections or the county sheriff system.

The coalition based its collective stance on the matter on research that indicates that a combination of MAT and behavioral therapies can successfully treat substance use disorders and help sustain recovery.

The coalition’s position is in line with Massachusetts Medical Society policy, which states that “the MMS will work with other appropriate public and private entities to increase access to services for opiate treatment.”

You can view that letter here.

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