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06.02.20

The American Public Trusts the WHO. That’s Vitally Important.

By O’Neill Institute

Author: Renu Singh, Fellow, O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, Georgetown University Law Center The Main Point: Public trust in the WHO matters. Because more than three-quarters of Americans trust the WHO to manage the COVID-19 response, the organization’s scientifically-driven recommendations can change individual behavior despite government noncooperation – so long as it […]

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04.16.20

A Brief Reflection of the Gaps with Public Health Emergency Laws in China

By O’Neill Institute

This blog was written by Jingyi Xu, SJD Candidate at Georgetown University Law Center The widespread of COVID-19 has invoked a heated discussion of public health emergency laws in China, where the coronavirus is originally from. Recently, central government of China has made a huge decision to revise the current public health emergency laws while […]

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03.30.20

EXPANDING ACCESS TO M-OUD IN DRUG TREATMENT COURTS MUST INCLUDE EXPANSION OF COMMUNITY-BASED TREATMENT CENTERS

By O’Neill Institute

Written by Sonia Canzater, Senior Associate, and Regina LaBelle, Director of the Addiction and Public Policy Initiative. Treatment courts (also known as drug courts), provide alternatives to incarceration and access to treatment for justice-involved individuals with substance use disorders.  The more than 3,000 treatment courts across the country reflect their local communities, communities that too […]

Thematic Areas: Addiction & Public Policy

03.27.20

A Public Health Framework for Implementing Economic and Social Supports

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This post was written by O’Neill Institute Senior Scholar, John Monahan.   A Public Health Framework for Implementing Economic and Social Supports Now that President Trump has signed a $2 trillion-plus Coronavirus response law (along with two other pandemic-related funding bills earlier this month), attention will rightly shift to federal, state, and county agencies charged […]

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03.20.20

Drug Courts and COVID-19

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This post was written by Regina LaBelle and Shelly Weizman Given the increasing rates of confirmed cases of COVID-19 nationwide and CDC guidance, courts across the country have suspended operations and many, such as Vermont and Pennsylvania, have declared judicial emergencies. Such judicial emergencies allow for an orderly suspension of court operations, delaying deadlines and […]

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Thematic Areas: Addiction & Public Policy

10.29.19

Saving Lives: Access To Medications for Opioid Use Disorder in Jails, Prisons, and Reentry

By O’Neill Institute

This post was written by Shelly Weizman and Somer Brown. “From 2005 to 2015 I was in and out of the system. Most of the time I was a client at the clinic getting methadone, but when I would get incarcerated they just didn’t offer it. It wasn’t available to anyone. I went cold turkey. […]

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Thematic Areas: Addiction & Public Policy

10.28.19

Addiction and Child Welfare Policy: Ensuring Healthier Outcomes for Families

By O’Neill Institute

This post was written by Regina LaBelle, Shelly Weizman, and Somer Brown Megan Webbley, a mother of four, died of a drug overdose on September 29, 2019 in Vermont. Her grieving father wrote the following in her obituary: “To editorialize, I am hoping that the Department for Children and Families rethinks its mission to be […]

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Thematic Areas: Addiction & Public Policy

10.17.19

Democratic Presidential Candidates on Addiction and the Opioid Epidemic

By O’Neill Institute

This post was written by Regina LaBelle, Leigh Bianchi, and Somer Brown. This post was originally published on July 10, 2019 and updated on October 17, 2019. It has been amended to only include the candidates who were present for the Democratic debate held on Tuesday, October 15. As communities across the country continue to struggle […]

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Thematic Areas: Addiction & Public Policy

08.02.19

State Legislators and the Opioid Epidemic: Not Yet Out of the Woods

By O’Neill Institute

Regina LaBelle and Shelly Weizman are Director and Associate Director, respectively, of the Addiction and Public Policy Initiative at Georgetown University Law Center. LaBelle served as Chief of Staff in the Office of National Drug Control Policy in the Obama Administration. Weizman was Assistant Secretary for Mental Hygiene in Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Administration. Leigh Bianchi, […]

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Thematic Areas: Addiction & Public Policy

06.11.19

The 72nd World Health Assembly: Health, Justice, and Accountability

By O’Neill Institute

This article was written by Lawrence O. Gostin, Sarah Wetter, and Eric Friedman In his closing remarks at the 72nd World Health Assembly (WHA) on May 28, 2019, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus urged countries to “commit to regular accountability” in fulfilling promises to meet the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Over course of the […]

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