Category Archives: Addiction & Public Policy

11.15.19

Legislators Should Think Outside the Box to Fight the Opioid Epidemic – Support of Safe Injection Sites is An Opportunity to Prevent Diseases and Overdose Deaths

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Many communities that hard being hit particularly hard by the opioid epidemic are looking for innovative ways to increase efforts to reach out to PWID and reverse the exponential increases in overdose deaths, infectious disease, and substance use in their regions by operating supervised safe injection sites. The city of Philadelphia is well on its […]

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11.07.19

There is No Negligence in the Air: The Opioid Crisis as a Consequence of State Failures

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Last week, the O’Neill Institute held an event titled: “Applying the Evidence: Legal and Policy Approaches to Address Opioid Use Disorder in the Criminal Justice and Child Welfare Settings.” At this event, policymakers and stakeholders discussed strategies to implement a preventative, restorative approach to the opioid crisis.  During the event, moderator Michael Botticelli noted that […]

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10.29.19

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

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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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10.28.19

Addiction and Child Welfare Policy: Ensuring Healthier Outcomes for Families

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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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10.24.19

Addiction and Public Policy: Creating Reform Through the Lens of Lived Experience

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It was 2018 and I was at the New York State Recovery Conference with T.K. Rabii, a 24-year old peer advocate, public speaker, and person in long-term recovery. I was speaking at the conference on behalf of the Governor of New York for whom I was working at the time and I was about to head […]

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10.17.19

Democratic Presidential Candidates on Addiction and the Opioid Epidemic

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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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10.17.19

Family Separation Isn’t New in the U.S.

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On October 3, the ACLU filed a class action lawsuit seeking damages on behalf of the children and parents “who were forcibly torn from each other under the Trump administration’s illegal practice of separating families at the border.” The complaint discusses the traumatic effects that even brief family separation has on children. Family separation in […]

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09.06.19

September is National Recovery Month

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September is National Recovery Month, which celebrates recovery from substance use disorders and mental health conditions and serves to increase awareness and understanding. I was thinking about this as I sat in my office last week across from a new first year law student here at Georgetown Law.  We talked about law school, what to […]

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09.06.19

The Growing Consumption of Hookah Tobacco among the US Youth and Gaps in Enforcing Existing Laws

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Since May 2016, when it had issued the final deeming rule, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is exercising an extended regulatory power over all tobacco products including electronic nicotine delivery systems, cigars, hookah (water pipe) tobacco, pipe tobacco, etc. By subjecting hookah (also called shisha or waterpipe) tobacco under the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic […]

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08.02.19

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

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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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