National Judicial Opioid Task Force


Final Report and Resources

After a multi-year investigation, the National Judicial Opioid Task Force (NJOTF) on November 20, 2019, released findings, recommendations, and solutions on the role of state courts in addressing the crisis of addiction. The task force was formed in 2017 by the Conference of Chief Justices (CCJ) and Conference of State Court Administrators (COSCA).


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Second Chances - One Year in Ohio's Drug Courts (video)

National Judicial Opioid Task Force Addressing the opioid epidemic at the national level.

Regional Judicial Opioid Initiative Judicially-led efforts in the Appalachian/Midwest region.

Presentations and Videos from NJOTF Task Force convenings.

Federal Agencies & Professional Organizations addressing the myriad issues and effects of the opioid crisis.

The Height of the Opioid Epidemic 2016-2019

This Resource Center includes products created by the NJOTF Workgroups and highlights a broad array of additional resources pertinent to the justice system and the opioid crisis from a variety of sources. 

Featured Resources


Task Force Final Report. This report details recommendations, tools, best practices, and examples of successful programs so that state courts can serve as effective partners in the management and eventual end to the addiction crisis.


Task Force Products Tools created by the National Judicial Opioid Task Force to assist courts in addressing the opioid crisis.


Understanding Substance Use Disorders and the Opioid Epidemic Information about addiction, substance use disorder, opioid use disorder, and the history and scope (state and national statistics) of the opioid epidemic.


Treatment and Services Information and research about treatment options for OUD, medication assisted treatment, and the use of naloxone.


Special Populations OUD and its impacts on or within special communities including children and families, pregnant women, veterans, tribal nations, jail/prison populations, and rural communities.


Communication and Collaboration Across Systems Information on confidentiality, data sharing, PDMPs, and programs with court system partners including law enforcement, medical providers, and pretrial services.


Court-Based Programs and Strategies State and local programs, tools and practices that have been developed in response to the opioid epidemic.


Training for Court Professionals Education and training materials, curriculum, presentations, and other resources to support the provision of opioid-related training for judges and court employees.

Legal Responses


State legislatures have been active in developing and enacting a broad range of statutory responses to the opioid crisis. Select the subject matter of the legislation you are seeking from the dropdown menu below. You will find the code section and full text of all laws within each selected category arranged alphabetically by state. Proposed and pending bills are not included. Additional information regarding opioid related legislation is also tracked by the National Council of State Legislatures.