The National Association of Drug Court Professionals released a new online course titled “Educating Drug Courts on Medication Assisted Treatment.”
The free course is funded by the
White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. It’s designed to give drug
and other treatment courts the tools they need to ensure best practices related
to medication assisted treatment. The course includes understanding what this
treatment is, how it can be used, and its legal ramifications.
The online course is timely as
courts across the country will be celebrating National Drug Court Month, which begins
on May 1. According to the Association of
Drug Court Professionals, there are more than 2,900 drug courts across the
nation serving about 150,000 individuals each year.
These courts are crucial to criminal justice
reform and are often the most effective strategy to reduce substance abuse,
crime, and repeat offenses.
Our current opioid crisis highlights the need
for access to new and creative types of treatment of drug addiction. Drug and
other treatment courts must ensure every participant has access to the
full range of evidence-based treatment when it is determined to be medically