National Heroin Task Force Final Report and Recommendations

Recently, the National Heroin Task Force released their Final Report and Recommendations. As directed by Congress, the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) convened the National Heroin Task Force in March 2015 to develop strategies to confront the heroin problem and curtail the escalating overdose epidemic and death rates. The full report is available here.

The final version of the strategic plan is now available! Provide feedback and/or join a work group!

The strategic plan is now available! Find the plan here.

Thank you to everyone who has provided feedback during this process -- we truly appreciate your help! If you'd like to sign up for a working group that will carry out implementation of the strategic plan, you may sign up here. Working group sign ups will be available until Wednesday, November 18th.

The case for methadone in jails

http://theweek.com/articles/580040/case-methadone-jails

Dr. Josiah Rich, a professor of medicine and epidemiology at Brown University, comments on a feature about prison systems withholding methadone treatment from inmates. "People working in the criminal justice system sometimes encounter individuals on methadone or buprenorphine who have been reincarcerated, and some may see this as a failure of the medication rather than viewing relapse as a symptom of a chronic disease," Rich said. "They may not see the many individuals who are stable on these medications and leading productive lives outside of prison."

The Governor's Task Force has been in the news!