Preventing opioid misuse and addiction: New thinking and the latest evidence

Drug policy often comprises efforts to reduce the supply of drugs, to provide health and social services to addicted individuals, and to prevent the development of addiction in the first place. The last of these efforts—prevention—is the subject of this paper. The scientific literature on drug policy offers some insights on the relative effectiveness and Read More

Avoiding Temptation on the Long Path to Total Opiate De-addiction

Behavioral changes need to be adopted early in the detox process. Like with most chronic illness, a full cure for opiate de-addiction requires considerable discipline, will power and constant monitoring. Above everything else, it requires a huge change in behavioral patterns. Relapses are very common among people attempting to overcome opiate addiction, as there is Read More

Do courts lack info about medication-assisted treatment as an option for defendants with opioid addiction?

Judges aren’t doctors, and they shouldn’t make decisions on whether medication-assisted treatment is appropriate for defendants addicted to opioids, says Timothy Young, the public defender for Ohio. But some do, he adds, and whether a defendant can be on probation or in drug court while receiving medication-assisted treatment can differ by judge, including those in the Read More