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2022 Dec 15

Addict Sci Clin Pract



Inability to contact opioid agonist therapy prescribers during the COVID-19 pandemic in a Canadian setting: a cross-sectional analysis among people on opioid agonist therapy.


Moallef S, DeBeck K, Fairbairn N, Cui Z, Brar R, Wilson D, Johnson C, Milloy M-J, Hayashi K
Addict Sci Clin Pract. 2022 Dec 15; 17(1):73.
PMID: 36522789.


The COVID-19 pandemic and consequent public health response may have undermined key responses to the protracted drug poisoning crisis, including reduced access to opioid agonist therapy (OAT) among people with opioid use disorder. Our study objectives were to estimate the prevalence of and identify factors associated with inability to contact OAT prescribers when in need among people on OAT in a Canadian setting during the dual public health crises.