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NYC Bar Association Event on Criminal Records and Employment will Feature Two LAC Attorneys

Wednesday, Jun 03, 2015

On June 3 from 6-8pm, the New York City Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law Committee will host a panel discussion entitled Arrest and Conviction Records: What Employers, Lawyers, and Prospective Employees Need to Know. The event will take place at 42 W. 44th Street.

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News and Highlights

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LAC President Quoted in USA Today, Calls for More Syringe Exchange, Prevention and Treatment

In the May 7 article Hepatitis C infections soaring, fueled by prescription painkiller abuse by Liz Szabo of USA Today, Legal Action Center’s Director and President Paul Samuels is cited for his call to expand access to needle exchange programs to reduce the spread of HIV and hepatitis C. Samuels also calls for more substance use prevention and treatment, more medications to treat opioid addiction, and other harm reduction activities to combat the opioid epidemic and its consequences.

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New Report: Improved Medication-Assisted Treatment Policy Could Combat Epidemic of 20 Million Americans with Untreated Addiction

WASHINGTON, DC – Following the reintroduction of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, Legal Action Center (LAC) released a report urging policymakers to take steps to address the growing opioid and heroin epidemic through more effective use of medication-assisted treatment (MAT).

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LAC to host Equal Justice Works fellow for opiate addiction project

The Legal Action Center (LAC) is excited to announce that we will be hosting an Equal Justice Works Fellow to launch a project that will expand access to opioid addiction treatment in the criminal justice system. The prospective fellow, Melissa Trent, is currently completing her third year at the University of California Berkeley School of Law. Her project will include legal services, education, and policy advocacy to increase the use of life-saving opioid addiction medication for people under criminal justice supervision.

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