Judicial leaders recommend advocating for treatment services as part of opioid addiction study


Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke will hold a press conference regarding the opioid epidemic at the Fall Festival on Monday. (Image Source: MGN Online/Photo: U.S. Air Force / Mark R. W. Orders-Woempner

(WEHT) – National judicial leaders have established a comprehensive approach for judges to tackle the problem of opioid addiction with an in-depth best practices study.

The final report of the National Judicial Opioid Task Force (NJOTF), judges must engage in individualized assessments that contain mental health and behavioral conditions, detoxification services, and psychosocial services to build resilience and recovery.

The task force was co-chaired by Indiana Chief Justice Loretta Rush and Tennessee Director of Courts Deborah Taylor Tate.

The report concludes, “Judges must exert leadership and advocate for the availability of quality, evidence-based treatment services as the best and most effective response to the opioid epidemic.”

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This story was originally published on November 20, 2019)

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