Health economic analyses of the justice community opioid innovation network (JCOIN)

J Subst Abuse Treat. 2021 Sep:128:108262. doi: 10.1016/j.jsat.2020.108262. Epub 2021 Jan 6.


The Justice Community Opioid Innovation Network (JCOIN) will generate real-world evidence to address the unique needs of people with opioid use disorder (OUD) in justice settings. Evidence regarding the economic value of OUD interventions in justice populations is limited. Moreover, the variation in economic study designs is a barrier to defining specific interventions as broadly cost-effective. The JCOIN Health Economics Analytic Team (HEAT) has worked closely with the Measures Committee to incorporate common economic measures and instruments across JCOIN studies, which will: a) ensure rigorous economic evaluations within each trial; b) enhance comparability of findings across studies; and c) allow for cross-study analyses of trials with similar designs/settings (e.g., pre-reentry MOUD), to assess questions beyond the scope of a single study, while controlling for and evaluating the effect of intervention-, organizational-, and population-level characteristics. We describe shared trial characteristics relevant to the economic evaluations, and discuss potential cross-study economic analyses.

Keywords: Cost-effective; Economics; JCOIN; Justice populations; Opioid use disorder.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Analgesics, Opioid* / therapeutic use
  • Community Networks
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis
  • Humans
  • Jurisprudence
  • Opioid-Related Disorders* / drug therapy


  • Analgesics, Opioid