Bloomberg Law
April 6, 2022, 8:36 PM

Opioid Recovery Gets Bump With DOJ Disability Protection Guide

Ian Lopez
Ian Lopez
Senior Reporter

The Justice Department’s declaration that people recovering from opioid use disorder are legally protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act marks a critical step in lifting stigmas and encouraging them to seek treatment, addiction specialists say.

People recovering from opioid use disorder and not illegally using drugs are protected from health-care, employment, and other discrimination under DOJ guidance announced Tuesday. It’s part of a broader agency push to cut down on barriers for individuals in treatment and comes amid an all-time high for overdoses.

The DOJ’s guidance “doesn’t change the law but it does send a message that DOJ will ...

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