Treatment with methadone dramatically improves the lives of people with Opioid Use Disorder and should be universally available to those who wish to access it. However, law and policy continue to create barriers to this lifesaving treatment – barriers that fall disproportionally on already disadvantaged individuals. Many of these barriers can be removed by federal agencies without additional Congressional action. We have identified multiple specific actions that the Biden Administration can immediately take to follow through on the President’s commitment to curbing overdose deaths and related harm. It is imperative that these changes be incorporated into the National Drug Control Strategy and that federal agencies immediately take steps to adopt them.

Richard J. Bonnie et al., An Expedited Regulatory Strategy For Expanding Access To Methadone Treatment For Opioid Use Disorder, Health Affairs (2022).