This legislation would ensure that all people who are incarcerated in Massachusetts have consistent, continuous access to medication for opioid use disorder (MOUD). If an individual were already receiving MOUD treatment prior to incarceration, staying at a facility where this treatment is not available would disrupt the path to recovery from opioid use disorder and increase the risk of relapse.  

Once approved, this legislation would ensure that individuals receiving MOUD prior to incarceration continue receiving MOUD within 24 hours of incarceration, unless they voluntarily decline or a qualified addiction specialist finds it no longer clinically indicated.