The Issue 

Science has established that treatment of opioid addiction with FDA-approved medications, in combination with counseling (MAT), reduces illicit drug use, disease rates, and criminal activity more effectively and at less cost than incarceration. Despite these clear benefits, many parts of the criminal justice system do not permit MAT, even when it is prescribed by a physician. 

Current Initiatives


Policy Recommendations 

  • Full access to MAT in the criminal justice system: All people should have access to the full spectrum of proven treatments for their addiction, including MAT. Corrections systems, courts, and community corrections must permit the use of MAT. 

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