DCBA Presents on Medication-Assisted Treatment in Criminal Justice Settings at Rx Summit

At this week’s Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit in Atlanta, DCBA Associate Attorney Shruti Kulkarni presented with Tulane School of Medicine’s Dr. John W. Thompson, and the Chief Operating Officer of NaphCare, Bradford McClane. Their presentation, “Opioid Use Disorder Interventions and Treatment in Jails: Policy and Practice,” examined the benefits, challenges, and policy issues related to delivering medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorder in criminal justice settings. Topics included an analysis of case studies on MAT in jails in New Jersey and Washington, as well as the court opinions from Estelle v. Gamble and Pesce v. Coppinger. The presenters also discussed legal and policy developments, including relevant provisions of the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act, and concluded by providing recommendations for advocating for the implementation of MAT in criminal justice settings.