For many people with an opioid use disorder, access to treatment is literally a life-or-death matter. Unfortunately, too many non-violent drug offenders end up incarcerated and without treatment. The Obama Administration has been working for years to change this.
On June 17, the White House hosted a discussion with key representatives from correctional facilities, professional associations, and state and local governments about expanding access to treatment to more justice-involved individuals so they can successfully reenter society and live healthier, more productive lives.
“Everybody has a role to play in ending the opioid epidemic – including our justice system,” said Michael Botticelli, Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. “We need to make sure that individuals with opioid use disorders who are incarcerated have access to evidence-based treatment so they can achieve and sustain recovery.”
Sergeant Brad Rose of Sacramento County, California, found that his pilot program using medication-assisted treatment for justice-involved individuals with substance use disorders not only saved lives but also “lowered Sacramento’s recidivism rates from above 70% to below 30%.” Providing this proven treatment to individuals involved in the justice system can help them successfully reenter society.
Source: WhiteHouse.gov – June 29, 3016