The National Judicial Opioid Task Force has expanded its reach with the addition of 20 new members including judges, probation officers, attorneys, and representatives from children and family services. They join the task force’s eight-member executive committee, formed in September 2017, and made up of four members each from the Conference of Chief Justices (CCJ) and the Conference of State Court Administrators (COSCA).
CCJ and COSCA established the task force to make recommendations that address the opioid epidemic’s ongoing impact on the justice system. The misuse of opioids such as heroin, morphine, and prescription pain medicines is not only a devastating public health crisis, it is critically affecting the administration of justice in courthouses throughout the United States.
The task force also recently launched an Opioids and the Courts web page, an online resource center to provide courts with materials and information about how best to respond to the opioid epidemic. Currently the page provides statistics, a news roundup, and listings of available resources including child welfare, treatment interventions, and recommendations from national organizations. Other information, such as toolkits and bench cards are being developed and will be located on this site.