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The Impact of Drug Court Participation on Mortality

August 13, 2019    |  

Research Assistant Professor Brook Kearley is the lead author of new research titled "The impact of drug court participation on mortality: 15-year outcomes from a randomized controlled trial" that has been published by the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment.  SSW co-authors include Senior Research Analyst John Cosgrove and Assistant Professor Alexandra Wimberly.
  • Participants were randomly assigned to BCDTC or traditional adjudication.
  • Over 20% of the sample died, largely due to substance use-related causes.
  • 15-year mortality rates did not differ between BCDTC and traditional adjudication.
  • During the intervention, most participants did not receive MAT.
  • Drug courts should implement best practices, including MAT and naloxone training.