The opioid overdose death rate among women has risen 492% since 1999, a higher rate than men (404%). However, research on approaches to increase initiation of life-saving medications for opioid use disorder (MOUD) among women is limited.
The University of Kentucky JCOIN Research Center is studying the effectiveness of initiating treatment services through telehealth and peer navigation for justice-involved women with opioid use disorder (OUD) as they transition from jail to the community. Through these services, participants will be able to engage with community health providers and peer navigators prior to release. The study will be conducted in nine jails across Kentucky, with the goal of increasing medication for opioid use disorder (MOUD) initiation and retention, while reducing relapse and overdose among high-risk justice-involved women in the community following release from jail.
Study Settings: Jails
Study Location: Kentucky (KY)
- Kentucky Women’s Justice Community Opioid Innovation Network (JCOIN): A type 1 effectiveness-implementation hybrid trial to increase utilization of medications for opioid use disorder among justice-involved women (2021)
- Providing peer navigation services to women with a history of opioid misuse pre- and post-release from jail: A program description (2022)
- Screening Incarcerated Women for Opioid Use Disorder (2023)
PI: Michele Staton
• Compare the effectiveness of MOUD pre-treatment telehealth alone and in combination with peer navigation services
• Measure MOUD initiation, retention, and treatment engagement
• Reduce opioid relapse and overdose
• Optimize strategies for implementing and sustaining MOUD telehealth
Clinical Trial, Linkage Strategies