The Opioid Epidemic: Criminal and Family Defense Lawyers’ Vital Role in Asserting Clients’ Rights to Treatment
The opioid epidemic kills 78 Americans every day and drives many others into the criminal justice and child welfare systems. To address this crisis, public health authorities have called for increased use of medications like methadone, buprenorphine (Suboxone) and injectable naltrexone (Vivitrol), along with counseling and behavioral therapies. Hundreds of scientific studies have shown that this “medication-assisted treatment” (MAT) reduces illicit drug use, overdose, disease rates, and crime. Yet courts and other criminal justice and child welfare agencies routinely prohibit MAT, sometimes with fatal consequences.
Broad-brushed policies prohibiting MAT not only are contrary to evidence-based standards, but also violate the Americans with Disabilities Act and other laws. This training will give criminal and family defense attorneys the necessary tools to challenge these counter-productive, discriminatory practices, while saving lives and improving case outcomes.
Many defense lawyers lack this information. Individuals from around the country call LAC when judges are forcing them off MAT against physician recommendations. Many of their lawyers usually know little about MAT and advise them to comply, putting them in a catch 22. Tapering off medication increases the chance of relapse, which will result in lost custody of children or incarceration. Continuing MAT in violation of the judge’s order also leads to poor outcomes.
CLE: 90 minutes
Thursday, November 10, 2016 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Indiana Gov't Center South, Conf. Rm. 1410 North Senate Avenue (Public Entrance)Indianapolis, Indiana 46204317-233-3117
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