The Attorney General believes a tough approach to drug offenders is the right policy to pursue. Most Americans don’t agree. The fact is, says a TCR contributor who writes on addiction issues, the kind of help that will keep substance abusers from committing further offenses can’t be found behind bars.
Confronted with people clearly in need of treatment and social services, law enforcement officers need a way to respond, because they know they’ll see them again. A new approach gaining traction across the country offers “a public health approach to better public safety.”
The union, its members wracked by overdose deaths, is challenging one of the world’s biggest pharmaceutical wholesalers, demanding that AmerisourceBergen Corp. investigate its own sales practices and potential supply chain diversions.
The 21st Century Cures Act approved yesterday contains provisions aimed at curbing the nation’s opioid epidemic including treatment programs and drug courts. It’s the second piece of legislation impacting criminal justice passed in the final days of this Congress.
“You always look at yourself and say, 'Maybe that was me, or could have been me,’” one young man says in a video made by Youth Today posted earlier this week on Juvenile Justice Information Exchange. The story blends the accounts of six teens and young adults remembering friends who died as a result of drug and alcohol abuse—and reflecting on their own struggles with addiction. “We would go on trips, we would fill up a full tank of gas […]