Issue Briefs

Responsible Opioid Prescribing
To combat the opioid epidemic, we must take steps to reduce risk and harm—not reduce the availability of opioids when medically necessary.

Medications for Addiction Treatment
It's not "replacing one addiction with another." It's an evidence-based treatment that's proven to save lives, reduce relapse, and help people live happy, healthy lives.

Mass Incarceration
Research shows that strict punitive approaches for drug offenders do not reduce crime, improve health, or protect communities. People with substance use disorders need treatment, not jail time.

12-Step Programs
These support programs can be an invaluable resource for some people in recovery. But they don't work for everyone, and 12-step programs alone are not an adequate substitute for evidence-based medical treatment for addiction.

Policy Information

Mandate Laws: A Potential Solution to Treatment Barriers
These practices can reduce unnecessary hurdles, but may lead to overtreatment without fixing the root of the problem.

White Papers

Medicaid & Collaborative Care for Substance Use Disorder and Mental Health
Primary care settings have become the de facto behavioral health system in the United States. Among the strategies for integrating mental health and substance use disorder treatment into primary health settings, none has been shown to be more effective than the Collaborative Care Model (CoCM). 

County Buprenorphine Access in the United States
Treatment with buprenorphine is highly effective. But our new report shows county-by-county disparities and illustrates that over 1,200 counties in the U.S. lack access to buprenorphine.

The Fentanyl Epidemic: State Initiatives to Reduce Overdose Deaths
Preliminary CDC data indicates that fentanyl overdose deaths increased by 14% in 2018. Our new report outlines solutions to this growing national crisis, identifying recommendations that have the power to save countless lives.

Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs: Critical Elements of Effective State Legislation
Focusing on state legislation of this evidence-based clinical tool, Shatterproof’s report is the most comprehensive ever written, and has been widely adopted throughout state capitals.