AATOD has been working to increase access to Medication Assisted Treatment for opioid addiction (methadone, buprenorphine, Naltrexone) throughout the Criminal Justice System. We have been working with many partners at the federal level and in our field in addition to associates with the National Association of Drug Court Professionals and The American Probation and Parole Association.
Our associates at the Legal Action Center published a landmark paper during December 2011, “The Legality of Denying Access to Medication Assisted Treatment in the Criminal Justice System”. You can access the document through the Legal Action Center’s website,http://www.lac.org.
We have also been working with our research partners at NDRI in New York and Brown Universityin developing a nationwide survey of U.S. Drug Courts and probation and parole offices concerning the knowledge, attitudes, and practices in the use of Medication Assisted Treatment in their systems. I am attaching the results of the survey of U.S. Drug Courts, which was developed by Dr. Andrew Rosenblum and his associates at NDRI, and Dr. Jody Rich and his associates atBrown University.
We also developed these surveys to work in conjunction with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration when they convened a meeting on Medication Assisted Treatment for Criminal Justice Populations during October 2011.
Increasing access to Medication Assisted Treatment in the Criminal Justice System will continue to be a major policy initiative on the part of AATOD. We know that such care is desperately needed in order to fulfill the recommendations of the NIH Consensus Statement of November 1997, focusing on effective medical treatment of opioid addiction. “The panel calls attention to the need for opioid dependent persons under legal supervision to have access to MMT. The Office of National Drug Control Policy and the U.S. Department of Justice should implement this recommendation”. AATOD and all of its policy partners will work to fulfill this recommendation. We recognize that this represents a long term initiative and we are grateful to our associates at theLegal Action Center and our colleagues at the National Association of Drug Court Professionals and The American Probation and Parole Association for their support in better understanding the knowledge, attitudes, and practices of their membership in this area of addiction medicine.