Patient Care & Best Practices
We sought to identify reasons why individuals start medications for opioid use disorder (MOUD) and stop MOUD, including how they learn of MOUD options. We also explored differences between starting and stopping the three most common formulations: methadone, oral buprenorphine, and extended-release naltrexone. We conducted 31 semi-structured interviews over the phone with individuals with a history of MOUD utilization, recruited using snowball sampling from nine U.S. states. Results underscore the crucial role of peer-to-peer education about MOUD.