November 17, 2016 – The Legal Action Center has released a MAT Advocacy Toolkit to help people fight for their right to medication-assisted treatment (MAT). MAT uses medications such as methadone, buprenorphine (Suboxone), and naltrexone (Vivitrol), in combination with counseling and other behavioral therapies, to treat opioid addiction.
Dozens of studies have shown that MAT reduces illicit drug use, crime, and communicable disease. Yet courts, probation, parole, and child welfare officials often force people to stop MAT against their doctor’s recommendation.
Please fill out LAC’s confidential form if you are being ordered off MAT by the criminal justice or child welfare system.
The MAT Advocacy Toolkit includes: advocacy tips, MAT myths and facts, a sample letter for treatment providers, an attorney guide, recommended strategies for drug courts, and more.