Legal Action Center Blog: Courts and Medication Assisted Treatment: Your Legal Rights

justice scalesKicked Off Medication Assisted Treatment By A Court? Here’s How To Fight For Your Legal Rights.

“The evidence is overwhelming: Medication assisted treatment (“MAT” for short) for opioid addiction is highly effective in decreasing illicit drug use, overdose, infectious disease transmission, and crime. MAT – the use of medications, such as methadone, buprenorphine-naloxone (Suboxone), and injectable naltrexone (Vivitrol), in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies – provides a whole-patient approach to treatment.

Despite the overwhelming evidence of MAT’s effectiveness, courts and other criminal justice and child welfare agencies often force people off their MAT medication. Typical reasons people are forced off MAT include:

  • the mistaken belief that MAT is “substituting one addiction for another”
  • the mistaken belief that people in MAT are not truly in recovery
  • concern about illicit sale of MAT medications

What can you do if this Catch 22 happens to you? Get off medications and risk relapse? Stay on the medications and likely face incarceration or the lost custody of your children?”

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Source: – June 23, 2015