LEGAL ISSUES & DRUG COURTS
Legal Action Center
Individuals who take methadone or buprenorphine-naloxone (Suboxone) for opioid addiction under a doctor’s supervision are sometimes arrested and charged with “driving under the influence” (DUI) merely because they take these medications. Is that legal?
There is now a law that protects your mental health and substance use disorder benefits. Read more about these protections here.
The Legal Action Center (2011)
This report examines the prevalence of opiate addiction in the criminal justice system, its devastating consequences, and the widespread denial of access to one of its most effective forms of treatment: medication assisted treatment (“MAT”). The report then analyzes the circumstances in which the denial of MAT violates Federal anti-discrimination laws and the United States Constitution.
The Legal Action Center
This report is designed to help drug court practitioners understand medication-
assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid addiction and to provide strategies for incorporating MAT into their practice. The report’s information about different MAT models can serve as a resource for courts that currently permit MAT as well as those considering it.