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Attorney Guide to Addiction Medication and Your Client

Criminal justice and child welfare agencies sometimes require people to stop taking prescribed medication to treat opioid addiction. Often, they do this because they misunderstand the nature of opioid addiction and its effective treatment. The consequences can be devastating, including relapse, overdose, and increased risk of communicable disease. This guide provides answers to frequently asked questions about medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid addiction. It also offers strategies for attorneys to use so that pursuit of a favorable court outcome does not jeopardize their clients’ health and safety.