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Epi 213: Courts unite to fight impact of opioid epidemic on communities and courts
December 18, 2017 National Center for State Courts

Host: Jesse Rutledge
Guests: Indiana Chief Justice Loretta H. Rush and Tennessee State Court Administrator Deborah Taylor Tate


The misuse of opioids such as heroin, morphine, and prescription pain medicines is a devastating public health crisis, but it also is critically affecting our nation’s courts. The number of children in foster care because of parental substance abuse has nearly tripled since 2012, and drug overdose deaths are at record highs. Top state court leaders have formed a task force to find solutions, examine current efforts, and make recommendations to address the opioid epidemic’s ongoing impact on the justice system. Task force co-chairs, Indiana Chief Justice Loretta H. Rush and Tennessee State Court Administrator Deborah Taylor Tate, discuss efforts courts are taking to address this situation.

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