Access to Substance Use Disorder Treatment During COVID-19: Implications from Reduced Local Jail Populations

Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment (Forthcoming)

George Mason Law & Economics Research Paper No. 20-27

10 Pages Posted: 23 Sep 2020 Last revised: 29 Oct 2020

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Erkmen Giray Aslim

Grand Valley State University - Seidman School of Business

Murat C. Mungan

George Mason University - Antonin Scalia Law School, Faculty

Date Written: September 23, 2020

Abstract

Many states have responded to the spread of COVID-19 by implementing policies which have led to a dramatic reduction in jail populations. We consider benefits associated with providing the population of individuals who would, but for these policies, be incarcerated with substance use disorder (SUD) treatment. We discuss problems that may prevent this population from receiving SUD treatment as well as policies which may mitigate these problems.

Keywords: Incarceration, health care, SUD, COVID

Suggested Citation

Aslim, Erkmen Giray and Mungan, Murat C., Access to Substance Use Disorder Treatment During COVID-19: Implications from Reduced Local Jail Populations (September 23, 2020). Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment (Forthcoming), George Mason Law & Economics Research Paper No. 20-27, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3698157 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3698157

Erkmen Giray Aslim

Grand Valley State University - Seidman School of Business ( email )

Grand Rapids, MI 49504
United States

Murat C. Mungan (Contact Author)

George Mason University - Antonin Scalia Law School, Faculty ( email )

3301 Fairfax Drive
Arlington, VA 22201
United States

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