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Applying the Evidence: Legal and Policy Approaches to Address Opioid Use Disorder in the Criminal Justice and Child Welfare Settings

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October 30, 2019
8:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Rafik B. Hariri Building, Georgetown University
37th and O Street NW
Washington, DC 20057 United States
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The O’Neill Institute’s Addiction and Public Policy Initiative is partnering with Business for Impact at the McDonough School of Business to host this event.

Communities across the country have prioritized increased access to treatment medications for opioid use disorder. Many systems that formerly discouraged or even prohibited use of medications like methadone and buprenorphine – including correctional facilities, drug courts, and the child welfare system – are beginning to recognize that access to these medications saves lives and form a fundamental component of any effective program. Litigation, legislative reforms, new funding sources, leadership from policymakers, and advocacy efforts have helped begin this culture shift.

This symposium is a convening of policymakers; experts in addiction treatment, harm reduction, health care and law; people with lived experience; and leaders in law enforcement and criminal justice from across the country to discuss successful models for increasing access to treatment medications and evidence based practices in the criminal justice and child welfare systems. Participants will learn about trends in litigation and legislative reforms related to access to medication to treat opioid use disorder. Participants will also learn how to develop, fund and implement best practices in their own communities to improve outcomes for people with opioid use disorders.

This event will be a forum for people to learn from one another and make connections that will help implement programs in local communities to reduce overdose deaths and improve community health and well-being. We invite all those interested and engaged in addiction and drug policy, advocacy, health care, criminal justice reform, law enforcement, people with lived experience with addiction and other interested members of the community to attend.

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