R.I. researchers, policymakers outline new framework for opioid use disorder treatment

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — Every day, more than 100 Americans lose their lives to the opioid crisis, and researchers from across the nation are racing to find solutions. One of the latest strategies — a cascade of care model for the State of Rhode Island — was developed collaboratively by a diverse group of stakeholders, including experts from Brown University, state agency leaders and community advocates.

The research team detailed the model in a paper published in the journal PLOS Medicine on Tuesday, Nov. 19.

“We hope we’ve created a tool that policymakers and state agencies can use to make data-driven decisions that improve care in our state,” said Jesse Yedinak, the study’s lead author and a project director at the Centers for Epidemiology and Environmental Health at the Brown University School of Public Health. READ MORE