What is it about?
Opioid-related deaths are overrepresented in homeless communities. Our outreach-based street psychiatry service aimed to increase access to buprenorphine, a lifesaving medication for opioid use disorder. Across two years, six patients facing homelessness underwent buprenorphine inductions. Half the patients engaged with the street psychiatry team for at least 3 months, and one-third engaged for at least 6 months. These rates are similar to other street-based buprenorphine treatment services and demonstrate that a street outreach service can successfully treat patients with opioid use disorder.
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Why is it important?
This street outreach program’s success in prescribing buprenorphine to individuals experiencing homelessness suggests that similar programs can be developed in other street-based mental health treatment settings.
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This page is a summary of: Low-Barrier Buprenorphine Treatment for People Experiencing Homelessness, Psychiatric Services, January 2023, American Psychiatric Association, DOI: 10.1176/appi.ps.20220426.
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