The Republic of Moldova is one of the few countries in Eastern Europe that have methadone programs in prisons. Nonetheless, continuity of care and services post-release remain substandard. As pointed out in the article “A pilot implementation study to scale-up methadone in incarcerated persons with opioid use disorder and retain them on treatment after release in Moldova”, some of the requested interventions are implementation of the screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment procedures (SBIRT).
As a result of the pilot study, the SBIRT strategy significantly improved participant attitudes, but treatment initiation mostly occurred after completing both sessions, including soon after release, but remained low overall. Work within the Moldovan prison subculture to dispel negative myths and misinformation is needed to further scale-up OAT in Moldova.
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