Criminal justice and child welfare agencies sometimes require people to stop taking prescribed medication to treat opioid use disorder.  Attorneys can – and should – challenge these harmful and illegal practices.  These two publications explain how.

Attorney’s Guide: Addiction Medication and Your Client.

Short guide for attorneys whose clients are being forced off medication-assisted treatment.

Defense Lawyers and the Opioid Epidemic: Advocating for Addiction Medication

In-depth article that explains how defense attorneys can advocate for their clients’ right to life-saving medication to treat opioid use disorder (OUD).  Provides an overview of effective treatment for OUD, the ways in which criminal justice agencies prohibit that treatment, why they do so, why that is harmful and illegal, and steps defense attorneys can take to fight for their clients’ access to these medications.

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