Involuntary Commitment for Individuals with a Substance Use Disorder or Alcoholism

This paper provides a comprehensive overview of state statutes regarding involuntary commitment of individuals with substance use disorders and/or alcoholism with an emphasis on inpatient involuntary treatment not related to pending criminal charges....

Drugged Driving: 2016 Summary of Key Provisions of State Laws

This document is a product of NAMSDL’s extensive review and analysis of current state laws addressing driving under the influence of drugs other than alcohol. On a state-by-state basis, NAMSDL lays out laws pertaining to the standard(s) for a...

Overview of State Pain Management and Prescribing Policies

A comprehensive overview and comparison of state laws related to pain management and controlled substance prescribing.

Ephedrine and Pseudoephedrine: Summary of State Retail Sales Laws

A state-by state review of laws and regulations pertaining to the retail sale of methamphetamine precursors.

Marijuana: Summary of Laws Allowing Use of Marijuana for Medicinal Purposes

A summary of state laws allowing the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.

Alcohol
Alcohol use disorders are medical conditions that doctors can diagnose when a patient's drinking causes distress or harm. In the United States, about 18 million people have an alcohol use disorder, classified as either alcohol dependence—perhaps better known as alcoholism—or alcohol abuse.
Continuum of Addiction Treatment Services
Drug and alcohol abuse is often complex in nature and permeates every facet of an individual's life. The individual's personal health and functioning within the family unit suffers; obligations in the workplace and community suffer.
Controlled Substances & Prescription Drugs
A controlled substance is generally a drug or chemical whose manufacture, possession, or use is regulated by a government and whose general availability is restricted. Controlled substances are subject to legislative control.
Criminal Justice
From Maine to California, and every village and hamlet in between, Sheriffs, Chiefs of Police, Governors, Attorneys General, frontline officers, and treatment providers have all said that the number one escalating issue is prescription drugs...the pills.
Federal Issues
There is significant overlap between state and federal drug and alcohol laws and policies. This overlap requires lawmakers and policymakers to perform a balancing act when dealing with issues like constitutional privacy considerations, federal scheduling restrictions, and interstate commerce.