Position Papers

Our Position: 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.

Our Position: Medication-Assisted 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.

Our Position: 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.

Our Position: Marijuana Legalization
Research shows the benefits of medical marijuana use. Research also shows that decriminalization reduces costs as well as criminal justice impacts. But more research is needed to understand marijuana’s place in medicine and society.

Our Position: 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
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.