Using 'Harm Reduction' to Address Opioid Epidemic in Court


Date: Thursday, November 30, 2023
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.


Granite Links
100 Quarry Hills Drive
Braintree, MA, 02169

The Massachusetts Bar Association is proud to partner with HEALing Communities Study Massachusetts and Bay State Community Services to present a program on Nov. 30, at 6 p.m. at Granite Links in Quincy: Addressing the Opioid Epidemic in Our Courts and Communities —  Applying the Science-based "Harm Reduction" Approach.

The program, offered for free in person, will feature a collaborative discussion between addiction treatment providers and the legal community, including prosecutors, public defenders and judges.

Discussion topics will include:

  • Background on the evidence-based approach of “Harm Reduction”
  • Medical acceptability and advocacy of the Harm Reduction approach
  • State and federal efforts to expand harm reduction programs
  • Implications and Impacts of the opioid crisis experienced in our courts and communities.
  • Benefits and application of the principles of the Harm Reduction approach from the perspectives of judges, prosecutors and defense attorneys. 


Shayla Mombeleur, Esq., moderator, Todd & Weld LLP
Hon. Robert W. Harnais, panelist, Massachusetts District Court
Aubrey Burr, Esq., panelist, Norfolk District Attorney's Office
Rory Sheble-Hall, panelist, Committee for Public Counsel Services
Kim Kroeger, panelist, Manet Community Health Center, Inc.
Keryn Jacobs, panelist, Weymouth Health Department
Dr. Todd Kerensky, panelist, Medical Director from SSH Bridge Clinic                           

Click here to register by Friday, Nov. 17. Dinner will be served to in-person attendees.

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