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Opioid Abuse Resource Page

For Addressing Opioid Abuse Reduction through Problem-Solving Courts

With America’s opioid epidemic continuing to rampage throughout the country, no state has been spared. In 2015 alone, more than 33,000 people died in the U.S. due to an opioid overdose. As heroine, fentanyl, and carfentanil continue to infect our communities, problem-solving courts are on the frontline in the fight against the devastating effects these opioids have on those addicted. The resources collected on this page have been selected to assist problem-solving courts, and those that work in them, with the unique challenge opioid abuse poses in the criminal justice population.

The Opioid Epidemic in the US

Fact Sheets

Online Training

  • Medication Assisted Treatment Course. This online training curriculum was “designed to educate drug court professionals on medication assisted treatments (MAT) for substance use disorders with a major focus on opioid use disorders.”
  • Naloxone Training for Treatment Court Professionals and Families. “An online education program for treatment court professionals, clients and stakeholders on the safe use of naloxone” developed by the Center for Opioid Safety Education at the University of Washington and the National Drug Court Institute.
  • Treatment Courts Online. Offers a wide variety of short, informational trainings for problem-solving court practitioners on a multitude of topics including opiates, the stages of addiction to opioids, and evaluating addiction to prescription medication.

Other Resources

President Donald J. Trump Signs an Executive Order Establishing the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis

On March 29, President Donald J. Trump signed an Executive Order establishing the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis. The Commission will be chaired by Governor Chris Christie and will study ways to combat and treat the scourge of drug abuse, addiction, and the opioid crisis, which was responsible for more than 50,000 deaths in 2015 and has caused families and communities across America to endure significant pain and suffering. The Commission will work closely with the White House Office of American Innovation led by Jared Kushner.

President Trump said, ”I made a promise to the American people to take action to keep drugs from pouring into our country and to help those who have been so badly affected by them. Governor Christie will be instrumental in researching how best to combat this serious epidemic and how to treat those it has affected. He will work with people on both sides of the aisle to find the best ways for the Federal Government to treat and protect the American people from this serious problem. This is an epidemic that knows no boundaries and shows no mercy, and we will show great compassion and resolve as we work together on this important issue.”

The signing follows the listening session President Trump held at the White House this morning. The listening session brought together leaders from inside and outside government, and with diverse political backgrounds, to discuss solutions on how best to combat this crisis.

Read the Executive Order here.

Read the President’s remarks at the listening session on March 29, 2017 here.