Applying the Evidence: Legal and Policy Approaches to Address Opioid Use Disorder in the Criminal Justice and Child Welfare Settings

Event Type: 
Wednesday Oct 30, 2019 - 08:30am to 04:30pm EDT
Event Description: 

The O’Neill Institute is partnering with Business for Impact at the McDonough School of Business to host this event.

Communities across the country have prioritized increased access to treatment medications for opioid use disorder. Many systems that formerly discouraged or even prohibited use of medications like methadone and buprenorphine – including correctional facilities, drug courts, and the child welfare system – are beginning to recognize that access to these medications saves lives and form a fundamental component of any effective program. Litigation, legislative reforms, new funding sources, leadership from policymakers, and advocacy efforts have helped begin this culture shift.

This symposium is a convening of policymakers; experts in addiction treatment, harm reduction, health care, and law; people with lived experience; and leaders in law enforcement and criminal justice from across the country to discuss successful models for increasing access to treatment medications and evidence-based practices in the criminal justice and child welfare systems. Participants will learn about trends in litigation and legislative reforms related to access to medication to treat opioid use disorder. Participants will also learn how to develop, fund, and implement best practices in their own communities to improve outcomes for people with opioid use disorders.

This event will be a forum for people to learn from one another and make connections that will help implement programs in local communities to reduce overdose deaths and improve community health and well-being. All those interested and engaged in addiction and drug policy, advocacy, health care, criminal justice reform, law enforcement, people with lived experience with addiction, and other interested members of the community are encouraged to attend.

Please complete the RSVP form to confirm your attendance for the event. The event is free of charge and space is limited.

Hotel Accommodations:

A hotel block has been reserved at the Homewood Suites Arlington Rosslyn Key Bridge. If you would like to reserve a room at the special rate for this block, please do so by September 30, 2019 by contacting Maryangel Rodriguez at

Rafik B. Hariri Building, Georgetown University
37th and O Streets NW
Washington, DC 20057
United States
Organizer Information
Event Organization: 
O’Neill Institute for National & Global Health Law
Event POC: 
Maryangel Rodriguez
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