Publication date: Jun 11, 2019
The task force went to communities around the nation to talk about specific, local issues affecting those with opioid use disorders, then turned those conversations into recommendations for law enforcement, medical professionals, legal professional and others.
Some of the recommendations include forming legal aid provider and medical professional partnerships, although mostly the group calls for collaboration between local and legal systems, including medical and community service systems.
These collaborations will help address the issues people with opioid addictions have with legal issues, like accessibility to recovery care after a drug arrest or eviction after a drug conviction.
-This crisis has created and continues to create a civil legal aid crisis for survivors and communities related to issues such as child support and custody, health benefits, domestic violence, elder and child abuse, housing and employment. “
She said in her personal life, a friend’s son had recently died due to an overdose from opioids, a reminder the issue is one close to home.
Kennedy said other issues the group is working to address are the secondary ones related to opioid addiction.
Fitzpatrick said increased funding for legal services is key to helping fight the opioid crisis.
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