Winkelman TNA, Ford BR, Shlafer RJ, McWilliams A, Admon LK, Patrick SW. Medications for opioid use disorder among pregnant women referred by criminal justice agencies before and after Medicaid expansion: A retrospective study of admissions to treatment centers in the United States. PLoS medicine. 2020 Dec;17(17). e1003119. PMID: 32421717 [PubMed] PMCID: PMC7233523
Criminal justice involvement is common among pregnant women with opioid use disorder (OUD). Medications for OUD improve pregnancy-related outcomes, but trends in treatment data among justice-involved pregnant women are limited. We sought to examine trends in medications for OUD among pregnant women referred to treatment by criminal justice agencies and other sources before and after the Affordable Care Act's Medicaid expansion.