Maine Baseline Needs Assessment: Opioid Use Disorder Treatment Barriers and Beliefs Data Brief

University of Vermont, Center on Rural Addiction
Mary Lindsey Smith PhD, University of Southern Maine
Karen Pearson MLIS, MA, University of Southern Maine, Cutler Institute
Julia Shaw MPH, University of Vermont
Valerie Harder PhD, MHS,, The Larner College of Medicine, University of Vermont
Nathaniel Schafrick, University of Vermont
Caitlin McCluskey, University of Vermont


This data brief provides findings from the Maine baseline needs assessment, conducted in collaboration with the research staff at the University of Southern Maine's Cutler Institute, and aimed to identify current and future substance use disorder (SUD) treatment needs and barriers in rural Maine. From April to June of 2021, we conducted an online survey to practitioners and community stakeholders working in rural and non-rural counties. Practitioners included primary care providers, addiction medicine specialists, and other practitioners (e.g., obstetrics, emergency medicine). This data brief details practitioner-reported barriers to opioid use disorder (OUD) treatment and beliefs about OUD treatment. FMI: Please see additional Data briefs on the CORA website under Resources ( in the subsection Data Reports.