New Law Helps Those Impacted by Opioid Addiction

Signpost along the road to recovery.

Defendants who have been prescribed medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction under the care of a physician must now be allowed to continue that treatment while participating in drug court.

This week, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation which provides that drug courts in the State of New York are prohibited from requiring defendants who are in recovery to stop taking doctor-prescribed medications as part of their treatment. Defendants who have been prescribed medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction under the care of a physician must now be allowed to continue that treatment while participating in drug court. “This is a very important step in that it allows clinics to fully utilize medically assisted therapies with their drug court clients, increasing the likelihood of successful completion of their treatment goals,” said FCS Executive Director Lisa Hoeschele.

In a press release from the NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS), Commissioner Arlene Gonzalez-Sanchez applauded Governor Cuomo for the passage of legislation which will help save lives and connect more New Yorkers to addiction treatment.

“This law is critical in New York State’s efforts to help people impacted by opioid addiction. Drug courts offer drug dependent offenders the opportunity to participate in addiction treatment and return to productive living in society. It is vital that drug court participants who are struggling with opioid addiction have access to the complete array of available treatments, including addiction medications. Research has show that these medications are effective in curbing the use of opioids including both heroin and the misuse of prescription opioids. Without medication assisted treatments, those addicted to opioids can be at a tremendous risk for fatal overdose,” wrote Gonzalez-Sanchez.

FCS has programs to support individuals struggling with addiction. If you, or someone you know, is in need of services, please contact us.
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