Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice

An estimated 65% of all offenders meet the criteria for substance use disorder (SUD), and only 11% receive any treatment (CASA, 2009). When people with SUD are incarcerated, their tolerance is lowered. This decrease in tolerance increases these individuals’ risk of overdose upon release. Criminal justice professionals witness substance use issues in the corrections system and as first responders, making them vital partners in preventing overdoses and overdose deaths.

Please use the resources below to learn more about overdose, overdose reversal and overdose prevention as these issues relate to the criminal justice system. The information is intended for a broad audience including individuals involved with the criminal justice system and their families, police officers, corrections staff, and lawyers.

The Basics

Professional Development

Empowering Individuals and Families

The Basics


Substance Use Disorders and Overdoses Commonly Misused Drugs
  • Commonly Abused Prescription Drugs, an informative slideshow with images of commonly abused prescription drugs with their street names and descriptions of their side effects
  • Prescription Drug Abuse Facts, an informative slideshow providing basic facts about prescription drug abuse
  • Synthetic Marijuana, a page created to provide information and resources about Synthetic Marijuana.
  • Drugs of Abuse, a video developed by the Westmoreland Drug and Alcohol Commission, describing the categories of drugs that are most commonly abused.
  • Drug Identification, another video developed by the Westmoreland Drug and Alcohol Commission, explaining how to identify some of the most common illegal drugs.

Professional Development


Law Enforcement Education Community Resources Information for First Responders Addiction Treatment Resources

Empowering Individuals and Families


Legal and Safety Advice