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"ADVOCATES PRESS LAWSUIT DESPITE DOC CLAIMS OF IMPROVED INVOLUNTARY ADDICTION TREATMENT

WBUR, OCTOBER 20, 2020

"As a member of the Section 35 commission, it's incredibly frustrating to see our worst fears realized," Beletsky said. "Although we didn't foresee the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic, it's precisely the kind of issue that can arise when you put people in correctional, instead of health care, facilities."

"USE OF SERIOUS FATAL OVERDOSE CHARE INCREASES IN PA"

PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE, SEPTEMBER 15, 2020

"Cases of drug delivery resulting in death (DDRD) have been filed 680 times statewide. The number has increased almost every year between 2015 and 2019, with the 242 cases filed in 2019 representing a 356% increase over the 54 filed in 2015, the analysis found.

The felony offense can lead to a maximum sentence of 20 to 40 years in prison.

The large number of DDRD cases means Pennsylvania by far has the most drug-induced homicide charges filed in the nation, according to data from the Health in Justice Action Lab at Northeastern University School of Law. Last year, Ohio — the state in second place — had a total of only 385 such cases."

"NEIGHBORS ORGANIZE METHADONE MILE PROTEST"

THE DAILY FREE PRESS, SEPTEMBER 3, 2020

Allison McBride, associate director projects and strategic planning at Northeastern’s Health in Justice Action Lab, said it’s been challenging for those in recovery to find shelter since the bridge closed.

“The problem is that there’s just a lack of beds in Boston, so it’s a bottleneck effect,” McBride said. “People just get stuck and they can’t find a bed.”

She said medical care providers must change their mindset about treating addiction.

“It’s all about, ‘let’s get you off of a substance right now,” Mcbride said, “rather than, ‘let’s try to address the fact that you don’t have a house, let’s try to address the fact that you are trying to work through this trauma that you’ve had from using and seeing people die around you.’”

"OREGON COULD BECOME THE FIRST STATE TO DECRIMINALIZE DRUGS IN NOVEMBER"

THE APPEAL, SEPTEMBER 1, 2020

“To substantially shift the experiences of people who use drugs in their communities, decriminalization must be coupled with meaningful police reform and efforts to build-up systems of support and care,” Leo Beletsky, director of the Health in Justice Action Lab at Northeastern University’s School of Law, told Political Report. “This is because police take advantage of wide discretion, continuing to surveil and control people who use drugs.” 

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