Source: National LGBT Health Education Center
Topic: Mental Health/Health, Substance Abuse Prevention
Population Focus: Criminal Justice Involved LGBTQ, LGBTQ Adults, LGBTQ Elders, LGBTQ Military Service Members, LGBTQ Youth, Racially/Ethnically Diverse LGBTQ, Rural LGBTQ, Transgender and Gender Nonconforming
Opioid use disorder has reached an alarming rate in the United States. As a population disproportionately affected by substance use disorders (SUDs), the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community has not been spared from the opioid epidemic. This brief discusses the impact that opioid use disorder has on the LGBTQ community. It highlights best practices, trauma-informed care, and behavioral health integration into primary care.