Task Force on Opioid Sentencing Reform Convictions – Update

The Task Force on Sentencing Reform Convictions met on April 24, 2018.

The agenda can be found here.

Current Federal and State Approaches to the Opioid Crisis

Dr. Duren Banks, PhD, from RTI international, informed the committee that drug overdoses kill approximately 3 North Carolinians each day. She added that legislation to expand access to naloxone, limiting the number prescriptions, and expanding treatment access were common approaches across the country to lessen the impact of the opioid crisis.

Naloxone Access

She stated that removing legal barriers to the seeking of emergency medical care and the timely administration of naloxone was crucial to ensuring death prevention.

Limiting Prescriptions

Nine states have passed legislation to limit the supply of prescription opioids to seven days.

Expanding Access to Treatment

New Jersey passed SB 3 in 2017 which mandates that insurers cover 180 days of treatment without prior authorization

She added that the emphasis on treatment should be considered including a diversion to treatment. She stated that medically assisted treatment (MAT) should be encouraged prior to release, and offenders should be linked to treatments post release.

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