COVID-19 brought easier access to methadone but Ohio's ending it. Expert is asking 'why?'


Go get your medication, bring it home and take it once daily. It’s what a lot of people in America do. But not with methadone for opioid use disorder. At least, not until the novel coronavirus pandemic emerged.

In March 2020, federal officials relaxed methadone dosing restrictions, letting more people take home their methadone to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Ohio was among the first to come up with a plan.

On April 15, the Department of  Health and Human Services renewed the pandemic public health emergency declaration, so the rules can continue for at least through the emergency, said Dr. Neeraj Gandotra, chief medical officer for the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.