Should Opioid Use and Possession be Shifted from the Criminal Justice System to the Public Health Sector?
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The criminal justice system has historically been the group who is the ‘responsible party’ of those who illegally use and possess opioids. Due to the health implications resulting from using and possessing opioids, this study examines the viewpoint of opioid use and possession from both, the criminal justice and public health perspectives and seeks to establish if the ‘responsible party’ would be better suited to be the public health sector. The examination of these two perspectives was accomplished through interviews conducted by professionals from the criminal justice and public health systems. ...