Confronting an Epidemic: The Case for Eliminating Barriers to Medication-Assisted Treatment of Heroin and Opioid Addiction

Legal Action CenterThis report from the Legal Action Center outlines the health, justice, and economic benefits of medication-assisted treatment (MAT), along with several policy recommendations for improving addiction treatment. Drug overdoses have become a leading cause of accidental death across the United States, with heroin and opioid use having doubled within the last ten years. Drawing on the benefits of MAT, the report urges for its increased use in the criminal justice system. Recommendations include promoting treatment alternatives to incarceration when appropriate, improving availability of MAT services in prisons, and placing a greater emphasis on creating pathways to recovery programs. To view the report, click here.