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The purpose of the current study was to mimic the experience of an LGBTQ-identified individual searching for LGBTQ-specific OUD treatment services, using the SAMHSA National Directory of Drug and Alcohol Abuse Treatment Facilities - 2018 (Treatment Directory).
Of n = 446 reached (all of which advertised both MOUD and LGBTQ-specific services), n = 366 (82.06 %) reported offering MOUD, n = 125 (28.03 %) reported offering special programs or groups for LGBTQ clients, and n = 107 (23.99 %) reported offering both MOUD and LGBTQ-specific services. The lack of LGBTQ-specific OUD treatment services may lead to missed opportunities for supporting LGBTQ people most in need of treatment.
We contacted treatment facilities listed in the Treatment Directory as providing both medications for OUD (MOUD) and “special programs/groups” for LGBTQ clients within states with the top 20 highest national opioid overdose rates.