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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. An overview of the constitutional aspects of involuntary commitment and a two-part NAMSDL News series on involuntary commitment are forthcoming. Read more »

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

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Comprehensive individual state profiles related to the prescribing and dispensing of controlled substances. Read more »


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


The Rocky Mountain HIDTA has issued Volume 3 of its report on the impact of marijuana legalization in Colorado. Read more »

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