Note: This document was updated on July 23, 2019, to include objections and evidence-based responses that are often raised in correctional justice settings.
Californians struggling with substance use, including opioid use disorder (OUD), should be screened for these illnesses wherever they seek help; those with OUD can be treated immediately and referred for ongoing care. California is building a “no wrong door” health care system, ensuring that medications for addiction treatment are widely available in emergency departments and hospitals, primary care and mental health clinics, jails and prisons, residential treatment programs, and other care settings. The need is urgent, since fentanyl (an extremely potent street drug) is increasingly responsible for overdose deaths for users of opioids and stimulants; fentanyl overdose deaths have more than quadrupled in California between 2014 and 2017. To read more