While doctors are prescribing fewer opioids, criminal organizations have been capitalizing on the nation’s rising opioid dependency by producing and distributing an abundant supply of illicit and lethal drugs, says a new study by the American Action Forum.
Some 28 states require individuals to disclose HIV status to their sexual partners or face criminal penalties. Author Trevor Hoppe tells TCR that such laws are largely the result of fear and discrimination towards victims of diseases considered socially unacceptable–a punitive approach that he says continues today in the face of public health crises such as the opioid epidemic.
A New York State pilot program to make naloxone kits available to inmates on their release from prison is a “promising” model for other states seeking to reduce opioid deaths among America’s most vulnerable population, says the Vera Institute of Justice.
Police, health officials, and families in Tampa are using a state law called the Marchman Act to commit people involuntarily into substance abuse treatment. Some 32 other states have similar laws but they are rarely used.
A columnist praises Cheri Walter, head of Ohio’s Association of County Behavioral Authorities and a recovering substance-abuser, for highlighting the failure of policymakers to address the roots causes of the opiate epidemic at this month’s Guggenheim Symposium.
Top police, judges and health experts at the John Jay/Harry Frank Guggenheim Symposium on Crime in America weighed in Thursday on the origins of the national opioid crisis—and strategies for reducing the toll it takes on American families.
The White House budget proposal to Congress for the next fiscal year includes a large sum aimed at combatting the opioid epidemic and an even-larger amount for border security and immigration enforcement, including the southern border wall.
Researchers found that almost half of a sample group under community supervision in Washington DC had not been examined by a physician for signs of mental distress. But after testing, some 30 percent tested positive for moderate depression and 21 percent were diagnosed with bipolar disorder.
Few Americans realize that sex trafficking is as close to home as their own communities. As the nation notes “human trafficking awareness” month, a West Virginia advocate explores the special tragedies it inflicts in a state that leads the nation in both poverty and drug addiction.
Inmates leaving the Harris County jail in Texas will soon be offered monthly Vivitrol injections to help them combat heroin and opioid addiction. The innovative pilot program has sparked some criticism, but defenders say the treatment can help keep addicts out of the justice system.