The commission formed to combat the opioid epidemic will be announcing a number ofinitatives designed to push government action. StatNews claims to have obtained a copy of the draft report,expected to be released Wednesday, which includes 53recommendations.

Among the actions to be recommended by the commission is theformation of drug courts in every federal judicial district, notingthat as of 2015, fewer than a third of federal judicial districtsand only 44 percent of U.S. counties operated drug courts.

But drug courts, the unofficial report points out, “have beenshown to increase engagement in addiction treatment and reducerecidivism rates,” rather than the results produced by standardcourts, since they combine both criminal justice and addiction treatment sothat those with substance use disorder can avoid criminalsentencing—as long as they comply with a treatment course that caninclude counseling and medication-assisted treatment.

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