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The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) helps America’s state, local, and tribal jurisdictions reduce and prevent crime, lower recidivism, and promote a fair and safe criminal justice system. BJA provides a wide range of resources through programs and services, including training and technical assistance, to address chronic and emerging criminal justice challenges nationwide. Following are a sampling of BJA resources that are specifically related to substance use and drug law enforcement matters:

BJA's Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant, and Substance Abuse Program (COSSAP) is proud to support Recovery Month this September. In addition to COSSAP, BJA administers a number of programs that grow and foster a wide support network of recovery professionals and peers who make the journey toward recovery easier and less isolating for those looking to make that brave first step.

Access resources and learn about events on COSSAP's Recovery Month webpage.

Coming Soon: Guidelines for Managing Substance Withdrawal in Jails

Responding to the urgent need to assist state, local, and tribal government officials; jail administrators; correctional officers; and jail-based clinicians in the detection and proper management of acute withdrawal from substances among individuals in custody, BJA, in partnership with the National Institute of Corrections, formed a collaboration with Advocates for Human Potential, Inc., the American Society of Addiction Medicine, and the National Commission on Correctional Health Care to develop guidelines to support the effective management of substance withdrawal in local jails.

The publication of the guidelines is tentatively scheduled for winter 2022. In the meantime, you can learn more about the development of the guidelines and access additional resources.


Date Created: September 17, 2021