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The Aced It podcast is the place to go if you‘re trying to find out what‘s new in the health and justice research world, but don‘t have the time, energy, or know-how to decipher all that academic writing. Dr. Danielle Rudes and Shannon Magnuson from the Center for Advancing Correctional Excellence (ACE!) at George Mason University developed the Aced It! podcast to bring relevant research articles to a broader audience by putting them into layperson’s terms sharing the findings and implicatio ...
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In our final episode in this season, we are guided by the history of racialized drug policy in the U.S. The researchers whose work we discuss use the five components of the structural competency framework as a way to suggest avenues that may change our understanding treatment planning for individuals from historically minoritized groups. Download t…
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In this episode, we discuss a project from researchers who summarized existing information regarding what we know and do not know about people with disabilities and substance use disorder (SUD). This work suggests a need for improved attention to the unique needs of people with disabilities who may need treatment for SUDs. Download the one-pager fo…
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In a follow up to episode 7 on pregnant people and MOUD the study we cover in episode 8 reports on the prevalence of OUD-related hospital use during the postpartum period. The researchers also assess how prenatal treatment for OUD is associated with postpartum OUD-related hospital use. Download the one-pager for this episode (PDF) JCOIN Equity, Div…
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The study we cover in this episode considers medication for opioid use disorder treatment among individuals who are pregnant. The researchers report interesting findings related to pregnancy and race/ethnicity and suggest some reasons for disparities including stigma and Medicaid access. Download the one-pager for this episode (PDF) JCOIN Equity, D…
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This episode takes an in-depth look at gender disparities and substance use disorder (SUD) treatment (typically medication for opioid use disorder (MOUD) and counseling). The researchers report some interesting findings and also make recommendations for improving MOUD care for women. Download the one-pager for this episode (PDF) JCOIN Equity, Diver…
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This episode discusses research that finds that very few of the U.S. substance use disorder (SUD) treatment facilities that advertised having LGBTQIA+ specific services actually reported offering them. The research explores stigma, bias, and discrimination, and posits a strong need for LGBTQIA+ affirming care. Download the one-pager for this episod…
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Following up on the COVID theme from episode 3, this episode considers researchers examine the social determinants of health (SDoH) related to substance use disorder (SUD) and the social-structural interventions that may help to stop SUD-related deaths that are accelerated by COVID. Download the one-pager for this episode (PDF) JCOIN Equity, Divers…
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We all know that COVID brought with it many challenges. This is true as well for individuals with substance use disorders who are engaged in (or trying to engage) in treatment. In this episode, we explore the ways COVID impacted particular racial groups with substance use disorders (SUDs) and provide some suggestions on how to improve treatment pro…
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In this episode, we discuss research examining racial disparities in substance use disorder (SUD) treatment enrollment and transportation to treatment on the same day when the patient has a peer support specialist (PSS). The results suggest some strong positive effects and the researchers provide several recommendations for improving treatment acce…
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This episode looks at research that examines the relationship between race and the use of medication for opioid use disorder (MOUD). The researchers also look at other factors that might mediate this relationship. Findings suggest a big gap, but the researchers offer recommendations to help close this gap so everyone can access and receive MOUD equ…
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Season 5, Episode 8: You MUST listen to this fabulous interview with Dr. TaLisa Carter (American University), who talks about how she navigates collecting interview data virtually, making the best of difficult research situations by rising above challenges and learning from the experience. Download the one-pager for this episode (PDF)…
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Season 5, Episode 6: In this episode, Dr. Jennifer Becan (Texas Christian University) walks listeners through the ways her team is working to improve reentry for adults on parole after incarceration who are using opioids via medication for opioid use disorder (MOUD). Download the one-pager for this episode (PDF)…
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Season 5, Episode 3: Episode 3 introduces listeners to Dr. Peter Friedmann (University of Massachusetts, Bay State Health, Chan Medical School) and Dr. Liz Evans (University of Massachusetts, Amherst). Their fascinating study looks at a research project on substance use disorder (SUD) that pivoted in response to COVID challenges; the results have g…
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Season 5, Episode 2: In this exciting episode, we hear from Dr. Rosemarie Martin (Brown University) and Linda Hurley (Codac Behavioral Healthcare) about their collaborative study on improving the criminal-legal system’s response to people affected by opioid use disorder (OUD). Their partnership is so inspiring. Take a listen! Download the one-pager…
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Season 5, Episode 1: In this episode, Dr. Michele Staton (University of Kentucky) walks listeners through her work studying women and community reentry after prison release. She gracefully details the intensive and complex process she uses to understand women’s specific needs related to medications for substance use disorder (SUD). Download the one…
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Season 4, Episode 10: Walking a mile in another’s shoes is often a great way to empathize and support someone going through a tough time. However, not all shoes are the same and the miles we walk vary significantly. While peer recovery support is both popular and highly regarded, scholars actually know very little about the process of training, cre…
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Season 4, Episode 9: Wow! This episode provides a fascinating look at how detailed and in-depth training can help doctors (who often do not receive training around medications for opioid use disorder (MOUD) in medical school) can learn more about MOUD to improve their assessment and delivery of the medications to those who desperately need the medi…
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Season 4, Episode 8: When patients receiving medicine for the treatment of opioid use disorder (MOUD) share, sell, or hoard their medications (commonly called diversion) it creates a host of new challenges for corrections agencies and entire communities. This episode discusses one study that worked to decrease (and even stop) diversion. It’s amazin…
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Season 4, Episode 7: Most prisons and jails use a clinical process to assess individuals for substance use disorder (SUD) and a host of other concerns, but the process is often lengthy and cumbersome. Several scholars took this problem as a challenge and developed improved instruments for assessment that streamline the process and provide diagnoses…
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Season 4, Episode 6: It seems logical that individual with medical insurance tend to receive more and better healthcare. Medicaid is one program to improve access to insurance (to improve health outcomes), but some states make accessing Medicaid more difficult and the results are often tragic. Download the one-pager for this episode (PDF)…
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Season 4, Episode 5: In this episode, we discuss the intensely complex nature of public opinion regarding opioid use disorder (OUD). We highlight a critical study of racial attitudes, political affiliation, and other factors influence on beliefs regarding punishment or medical-responses to OUD. An absolute must-listen! Download the one-pager for th…
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Season 4, Episode 4: Did you know that the two weeks following carceral release carries the highest risk for overdose death? In this episode, we review several studies that examine opioid use disorder (OUD) and overdose death post-incarceration. We hit on key topics such as Narcan (naloxone), fentanyl, and Naltrexone and consider appropriate interv…
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Season 4, Episode 3: In this episode we provide an overview of three studies that all examined the use of tele-technology and the delivery of counseling and medications for opioid use disorder (MOUD). The studies offer amazing insight from both patients and counselors about the benefits and barriers of telehealth and MOUD and should get you thinkin…
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Season 4, Episode 2: It turns out that, no surprise here, individuals who are incarcerated DO have a preference regarding which medication they prefer to assist them with their opioid use disorder, and their reasons are fascinating and insightful. In this episode, we review the idea of patient preference for medication and begin to link those prefe…
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Season 4, Episode 1: Understanding stigma, including self-stigma, is an important part of building our knowledge of substance use disorders. Listen to this episode to hear how stigma and substance use disorder are tragically connected and how we might work to improve both. Download the one-pager for this episode (PDF)…
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This bonus episode is an update to our very first Aced It episode titled "Language Matters." The words we use to describe certain individuals or groups matter greatly. Words possess indirect connotation or tone beyond their direct meanings. This episode considers language around individuals and groups involved with the criminal legal system and off…
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We often talk about or study communities’ responses to substance use disorders but not all communities are the same. This episode considers what scholars found when they compared various community resources and services and what those differences mean for individuals in need of services. Download the One-Pager for this episode (PDF).…
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While some argue that incarceration is not the answer for solving our substance use disorder challenges, will police-assisted referrals for SUDs help? This episode takes a deep dive into a study of one such program and reports on what the authors found and what it might mean for us as we continue working toward better outcomes. Download the One-Pag…
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What is the role of dealers in protecting users from opioid overdose and harm? This episode looks at a study that asks this question—with fascinating results. We’re all in this together but we need to understand each other and cooperate if we are to truly help people with substance use challenges. Download the One-Pager for this episode (PDF).…
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Individuals with substance use disorder (SUD) faced particular challenges in navigating the COVID-19 pandemic. In this episode, we explore a study that amplified the voices and experiences of individuals with SUD during a global health crisis. The results are both informative and important. Download the One-Pager for this episode (PDF).…
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In this super-interesting episode, we report on a study of U.S. veterans with opioid use disorder who discuss what they think would help them in their treatment. The veterans describe barriers to treatment and what they think they need to be successful during recovery. Download the One-Pager for this episode (PDF).…
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What do we know about what happens when we link individuals to substance use services upon jail discharge? This podcast offers a scoping review that examines answers to that question. Want to know more (and find out what a scoping review is)? Give this episode a listen! Download the One-Pager for this episode (PDF).…
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How many lives could we save if we provided MOUD to individuals while they are in prison? And how many more lives could we save if we provided MOUD to individuals effectively upon release from prison/jail? Check out this episode to find out and to learn why you should not only care but help. Download the One-Pager for this episode (PDF).…
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Helping individuals with OUD is a big undertaking. Whole communities are required. This episode discusses a peer outreach and MAT treatment linkage program and considers the various factors that increase the likelihood that participants pursue treatment. For more information, download the one-pager for this episode (PDF)…
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In this episode, we head over to Norway, to consider a study that examines drug use before and during incarceration and the factors involved in the use of drugs while incarcerated. So much to learn from other country’s approaches. Listen and learn. For more information, download the one-pager for this episode (PDF)…
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This episode takes a different look at OUD by examining the implementation of an MAT program to consider some of the challenges facing programs, organizations, and communities who want to help individuals with OUD but find there are often roadblocks or hurdles to doing so effectively. For more information, download the one-pager for this episode (P…
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Ever heard of “social” recovery? No? Oh, you’re missing out. In this episode, we talk you through one study that examines various pathways methamphetamine users may take to achieve recovery. It’s not all about abstinence, but it can still yield positive results. For more information, download the one-pager for this episode (PDF)…
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This informative episode breaks down the science of withdrawal and walks listeners through how withdrawal affects many aspects of individuals’ lives. It also (yes, there’s more) discusses the problems that emerge when individuals in charge of supervising individuals with OUD do not fully understand withdrawal and the policies/practices in place for…
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This episode takes a deep dive into medically assisted treatment (MAT) for substance use disorders by discussing a study that compares carceral resident outcomes when using methadone, buprenorphine, and naltrexone to see which group had lower recidivism and fewer risky behaviors. Want to know which MAT works best? Listen and find out. For more info…
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Ever wonder how opioids affect the body and the brain? This episode breaks down the neuroscience of opioids by showcasing innovative research from several leading scholars. Will you be an expert after listening? Nope. But you’ll definitely know more and it may inspire you to keep learning. For more information, download the one-pager for this episo…
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This episode explores opioid use disorder (OUD) and stigma among pregnant people with OUD in prison. Stigma around OUD and whether the people were receiving medicine for their OUD prior to custody mattered greatly. The language and the overall stigma around OUD must change if we are to fully address this epic problem. For more information, download…
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This podcast episode takes listeners on a cross-country road-trip from study site to study site looking deep into the Honest Opportunity Probation Enforcement program. It starts in Hawaii but weaves its way through four other field sites with differing results. Tune in and see if there is hope for HOPE, (or not). For more information, download the …
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