Substance Abuse/Drugs

National Sheriffs' Association 2015 Winter Conference

The National Sheriffs' Association (NSA) 2015 Winter Conference is designed to convene NSA’s most active sheriffs and share resources related to education, training, and community.

Be sure to stop by BJA NTTAC's exhibit booth on Thursday, January 22 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and Friday, January 23 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. to learn how your agency may qualify for no-cost training and technical assistance. 

NCJA Webinar - The Evidence Behind Medication Assisted Therapies and Behavioral Interventions for Opioid Addiction

With heroin overdoses deaths doubling from 2010 to 2012, health and justice system leaders are struggling to deal with this public health crisis. Driven in part by the effectiveness of prescription drug monitoring and interdiction efforts, first time heroin use has risen steadily since 2007. While criminal justice efforts have focused on the supply side of opioid availability, much less public attention has been paid to treatment and demand reduction strategies.

The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) National Training and Technical Assistance Center (NTTAC) is excited to present the BJA Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) Provider Directory. This new resource will be accessible to practitioners in the field, TTA Providers, and BJA staff in order to foster collaboration.

What Every Law Enforcement Agency Needs to Know about Narcan

Claiming nearly 120 American lives daily, opioid overdose is a true public health crisis. An opioid overdose typically takes 45 to 90 minutes to turn fatal, creating a critical window of opportunity for lifesaving intervention. Across the United States, law enforcement agencies are increasingly training their officers to carry naloxone in an effort to stem the tide of overdose fatalities.

The Department of Justice has launched a Law Enforcement Naloxone Toolkit, an online clearinghouse of 80 resources, such as sample policies and training materials, designed to support law enforcement agencies in establishing a naloxone program. Training and technical assistance may also be requested through the toolkit. Developed by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, the toolkit is a result of the U.S.

A Judicial Conversation on Emerging Evidentiary Issues and Alcohol

Depending on the state's laws, underage drinking offenses may be referred to a number of courts including juvenile court, traffic court, criminal court, or family court, depending on the offense. Over time many states have adopted changes in state law enabling law enforcement to charge minors based officer observations, and theories of constructive possession. As these underage drinking cases are brought forward the courts are also asked to accept the results of fuel cell developed evidence of the offense.

The Evidence Behind Swift and Certain Sanctions in Community Supervision

Historically, many community supervision agencies have had few meaningful intermediate sanctions for when offenders are found in violation; agencies have had the unenviable task of trying to improve offender accountability with few tools to increase compliance. In an effort to enhance offender accountability, many localities over the last decade have tested programs to improve the speed and certainty of intermediate sanctions.

Please join the National Criminal Justice Association (NCJA) webinar, Inside the Beltway: A Look at the State of Criminal Justice Funding and Legislation in DC, on Wednesday, September 17 at 3 p.m. EDT.  This webinar will feature an interactive discussion with  NCJA Director of Government Affairs Elizabeth Pyke about the status of current legislation, the federal budget process, and appropriations issues.

The National Parole Resource Center (NPRC), with support of the Bureau of Justice Assistance, recently released the Resource Package for Offenders with Mental Illnesses and/or Substance Use Disorders. This resource provides an introduction to some of the challenges paroling authorities face when serving individuals with mental illnesses and/or substance use disorders, along with a summary of the latest research and strategic thinking in the field.