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Pharmaceutical Companies Are Paying for Their Part in the Opioid Crisis

Cracking down on opioid suppliers Though opioid deaths have subsided slightly from their record high levels in 2017, addiction and overdose are still sweeping the nation.  Thankfully, our city, state, and federal governments are fighting back.  Policy proposals have tightened regulations and increased the availability of medication-assisted treatment (MAT).  Our criminal justice system has begun…

Recovery, Not Relapse: Why States are “Sentencing” Drug Users to Treatment Programs

Is Addiction a Crime? America has been fighting a “War on Drugs” since the 1970s, with drug dealers and users alike facing strict criminal penalties.  Yet, opioid use and overdose have become a crisis despite the harsh punitive measures.  In an effort to prevent deaths from an opioid overdose, our federal government has proposed measures…