Harm Reduction Legal Project
Individuals and communities across the United States are struggling to address the ongoing epidemic of drug-related harm. While some progress has been made, efforts to initiate, expand, and sustain evidence-based and promising initiatives to reduce this harm are often hindered by laws and policies that reflect an outdated, punitive-focused approach to drugs and individuals who use them.
Removal of the “X-Waiver” Requirement
Legality of Drug Checking Equipment in the United States
Tennessee’s Naloxone Access Law, Explained
Legality of Dispensing Naloxone to Minors in California
Legality of Expired Naloxone in Tennessee
Legality of Drug Checking Equipment in Illinois
Legality of Dispensing and Administering Expired Naloxone in Texas
Legality of Dispensing and Administering Expired Naloxone in Kentucky
Legality of Expired Naloxone in Missouri
Legality of Dispensing Naloxone to Minors in Illinois
Legality of Expired Naloxone in Kansas
Legality of Syringe Access Programs in South Carolina
Legality of Expired Naloxone in North Carolina
Legality of Expired Naloxone in Oregon
Legality of Dispensing Expired Naloxone in Washington
Legality of Dispensing Expired Naloxone in California
Substance Use Disorder (SUD)-Related Emergency Department Mandates
Legal Interventions to Reduce Overdose Mortality: Overdose Good Samaritan Laws
Legality of Dispensing Naloxone to Minors in Colorado
Laws Limiting the Prescribing or Dispensing of Opioids
Law and Policy Pathways to Addressing the Epidemic of Drug-Related Harm
Legal Interventions to Reduce Overdose Mortality: Naloxone Access Laws
Cross-Sector Approach to Removing Legal and Policy Barriers to Opioid Agonist Treatment
Harm Reduction Laws in the United States
Naloxone Prescription Mandates
Harm Reduction Laws in Idaho
Characteristics of Statewide Naloxone Distribution Mechanisms
Increased Access to Medications for Opioid Use Disorder during the COVID-19 Epidemic and Beyond
Legality of Dispensing and Administering Expired Naloxone in Georgia
Legality of Dispensing and Administering Expired Naloxone in the District of Columbia
Legality of Dispensing and Administering Expired Naloxone in Colorado
Legality of Dispensing and Administering Expired Naloxone in Illinois
Legality of Dispensing Naloxone to Minors in Pennsylvania
Legality of Dispensing Naloxone to Minors in Maryland
Harm Reduction Policy in Practice
Legal Interventions to Increase Access to Naloxone in Colorado
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A closer look at our work to advance effective harm reduction efforts
Corey Davis, J.D., M.S.P.H. is a nationally-recognized expert on harm reduction law and policy. In addition to his role as director of the Harm Reduction Legal Project, he serves as the deputy director for the Network for Public Health Law’s Southeastern Region Office.
Amy Judd Lieberman, J.D., is a staff attorney with the Harm Reduction Legal Project. Before joining the Project, Amy worked briefly in litigation after a fellowship with the National Health Law Program (NHeLP) working on critical issues related to the opioid epidemic and promoting harm reduction practices.
For assistance, email email@example.com. Follow the Project on Twitter at @harmreduxlegal.
The Network’s Harm Reduction Legal Project works to address the legal and policy barriers that impede the establishment and expansion of evidence-based harm reduction measures such as naloxone distribution, syringe access programs, and access to evidence-based substance use disorder treatment.
The Project provides guidance and consultation to governmental and nongovernmental organizations as well as impacted individuals to assist them in navigating the often extremely confusing maze of existing laws and regulations that hamper harm reduction initiatives. The Project also provides non-partisan, evidence-based publications and training regarding the state of laws impacting individuals who use drugs, individuals in recovery, and their communities, as well as research regarding the impact of those laws.
Subject matter experts are available, at no cost, to provide assistance with research, legal analysis, and strategic guidance as well as referrals to other knowledgeable experts and leading institutions in order to assist organizations and individuals in successfully operating within existing law and policy; and advocates seeking to modify existing legal restrictions on harm reduction initiatives.
This project is supported by Arnold Ventures.
“The Harm Reduction Legal Project is addressing legal and policy barriers at the ground level so that programs working directly with impacted people can do what they do best – provide high quality services to the people who need them most.”
— Arnold Ventures