Trump Wants To Take Opioid Manufacturers To Court

Kaiser Health News, August 17, 2018

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations During a White House cabinet meeting on Thursday, President Donald Trump signaled his desire to join the litigation… Read More

Judges Can Require Drug Users On Probation To Remain Drug-Free, Court Rules

WBUR (NPR Boston), July 16, 2018
by Deborah Becker

The state's highest court on Monday ruled that judges may jail someone with an addiction who is on probation if that person does not remain drug-free. In a unanimous ruling, Supreme Judicial Court… Read More

Drug wholesalers sue New York over an opioid stewardship program

STAT, July 12, 2018
by Ed Silverman

A trade group for pharmaceutical wholesalers filed a lawsuit claiming a New York state law that requires opioid makers and distributors to fund a first-in-the-nation program for covering costs for treatment,… Read More

Cities Planning Supervised Drug Injection Sites Fear Justice Department Reaction

NPR, July 12, 2018
by Bobby Allyn

In parts of the country hit hard by addiction, some public health officials are considering running sites where people can use heroin and other illegal drugs under medical supervision. Advocates say these… Read More

Scientists can track the spread of opioids in sewers.

STAT, June 26, 2018
by Justin Chen

The French novelist Victor Hugo described the sewage system as “the consciousness of the city,” a place where there are no secrets. Transporting millions of gallons of wastewater, the sewer… Read More

House overwhelmingly passes final opioid package

Politico, June 25, 2018
by Brianna Ehley

The House on Friday overwhelmingly passed sweeping bipartisan opioid legislation, concluding the chamber’s two-week voteathon on dozens of bills to address the drug abuse epidemic. The measure combines… Read More

She Went to Jail for a Drug Relapse.

New York Times, June 4, 2018
by Jan Hoffman

[...] Should an addict’s relapse be punished with a criminal sanction? Ms. Eldred has put that question before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, in a case that may have widespread ripples,… Read More

edX Course: The Opioid Crisis in America
Harvard University

Deadline: Class begins March 27, 2017

About this courseOpioids are a class of drugs that include the illegal drug heroin as well as powerful pain relievers, such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, morphine, fentanyl and many others. Every… Read More

What’s Confusing Us About Mental Health Parity

HealthAffairs Blog, December 22, 2016
by Nathaniel Counts (Student Fellow alumnus), Timothy Clement, Amanda Mauri, Paul Gionfriddo, and Garry Carneal

The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA) has been law since 2008. MHPAEA provided that health plans could not limit mental health or substance use disorder benefits in a way… Read More

Scholars Discuss Role of Neuroscience in Youth Criminal Justice

Harvard Crimson, September 29, 2015
by Jonah S. Lefkoe

Check out the Harvard Crimson's summary of our first event of the year, "From Trouble Teens to Tsarnaev: Promises and Perils of Adolescent Neuroscience and the Law."  This event was part… Read More

Senior Fellow for Law & Neuroscience Amanda Pustilnik Guest Lecturing in HLS Seminar

Petrie-Flom, January 21, 2015

As part of her work with the Petrie-Flom Center and Center for Law Brain and Behavior at MGH's Project on Law and Applied Neuroscience, Senior Fellow Amanda C. Pustilnik will be a regular guest lecturer… Read More

Houston doctor sued for trading prescriptions for sex

Houston Chronicle, December 12, 2014
by St. John Barned-Smith, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

[...] Legal experts who specialize in medical ethics said the allegations and actions captured on film were "egregious." Medical standards prohibit doctors from engaging in sexual relationships with patients.… Read More

California Counties Sue 5 Narcotics Makers

Here & Now, NPR, May 22, 2014
by Robin Young interviewing I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

Two counties in California — Orange and Santa Clara — are suing five major drug companies, accusing them of causing the growing prescription drug epidemic across the country. The complaint,… Read More