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Post-Overdose Care in the

Emergency Department Toolkit

Medication for Opioid Use Disorder (MOUD)

Medication for Opioid Use Disorder (MOUD) combines behavioral therapy and medications to treat substance use disorders. MOUD is effective in the treatment of opioid use disorders (OUD) and can save lives by helping to prevent relapses as well as help some people to sustain long term recovery. You can also download these sample MOUD protocols and adapt for use in your emergency department.

*Historically, pharmacological treatment for opioid use disorder was referred to as “Medication Assisted Treatment” (MAT).” More recently, it has been determined that the better term is “Medication for Opioid Use Disorder (MOUD)” since it precisely describes this treatment form and carries less stigma. While many valuable resources in the Michigan Safer Opioid Prescribing Toolkit still use the term “MAT,” our website will refer to it as “MOUD” going forward.


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