The Legal Action Center is the only non-profit law and policy organization in the United States whose sole mission is to fight discrimination against people with histories of addiction, HIV/AIDS, or criminal records, and to advocate for sound public policies in these areas.

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Wednesday, Sep 05, 2018


Helping Justice-Involved Individuals with Mental or Substance Use Disorders, or Both: Understanding How Laws, Regulations, & Policies Affect Re-entry Opportunities – California, Colorado, Illinois, Georgia, Rhode Island & Kansas.

AIDS and Adolescents – the Changing Legal Landscape

Wednesday, Nov 14, 2018

This training will cover the legal rights and potential liabilities of adolescents living with or at risk for HIV, including the new right for adolescents to consent to HIV treatment.

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This webinar is a part of a series of state-specific sessions hosted by the @lac_news and sponsored by @samhsagov. Learn more here: #reentry

Removing #patientprivacy protections for those w/ #substanceusedisorders likely to increase NOT decrease #opioid #overdose by pushing people away from #addiction treatment out of fear the info they reveal could be used against them! #ProtectPart2

"If U have diabetes in jail/prison, U get insulin needed 2 control blood sugar. But if U have #opioidaddiction-another life-threatening disease-& take #addictiontreatment medicine like #buprenorphine, it will likely B stopped as soon as U go inside..."

Fantastic piece by the venerable Dr. Westley Clark about the importance of #privacyrights for #SUD treatment. “Policy makers would be wise to listen to those closest to the problem, patients and people in recovery” via @statnews @ADAWnews @SantaClaraUniv


Opinion: Proposed changes to health record privacy rules will benefit corporate entities, not patients.

Evaluating the success of methadone by looking at abstinence rates after treatment stops is “like evaluating the effectiveness of birth control pills by measuring the number of pregnancies that occur in the 12 months after the pills are discontinued.”

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News and Highlights

Doug Liman Hosts Exclusive Screening of Suits in Support of LAC

With the generous support of longtime board member Doug Liman, the Legal Action Center hosted a special screening of the

Moving On Is Not Always Easy

August 8, 2018. When thinking about the criminal justice system, it’s easy to forget that there is more to it than just people being incarcerated. There is the forgotten half of the system as well – for those who come home after being incarcerated

Honoring the Life and Legacy of Dr. Robert Newman

The Legal Action Center joins with colleagues around New York, the country and the globe, to mourn the death of our former Board Member, Robert Newman, and to honor his life and the immense contributions he made to the field of substance use disorders.

“Hospital Toolkit” offers new resources for hospitals treating patients with substance use disorder

Emergency medicine providers have a new set of resources for treating patients with substance use disorders (SUD): Addiction Policy Forum’s new “Hospital Toolkit.” The toolkit is designed for hospitals as well as patients, families, and advocates, to improve access to SUD treatment and care in hospital emergency departments.

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