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11.19.19

Advancing the Evidence

By Johan Marulanda

People involved in the criminal justice and child welfare systems are among those at highest risk for opioid overdose and substance-related death. Jails, prisons, courts, and the child welfare system are key intervention points for people with substance use disorders to receive treatment. The Advancing the Evidence project is focused on ensuring access to evidence-based […]

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Thematic Areas: 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

By Sonia Canzater

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

By Somer Brown

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 […]

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

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