ONDCP’s Model State Drug Laws Initiative funds efforts to advise states on establishing laws and evidence-based policies to prevent and treat substance use, provide support to those in recovery, increase access to life-saving overdose reversal medication, and develop sensible criminal justice programs.

The recipient of the 2017 – 2019 Model State Drug Laws Initiative is the National Alliance for Model State Drug Laws (NAMSDL). With ONDCP funding, NAMSDL conducts research and analysis on effective model laws, provides technical assistance to legislators, and drafts model legislation on current and emerging illicit drug issues.

Through NAMSDL’s efforts, legislators in all fifty states have passed legislation to support greater access to naloxone, established processes by which emergency health service professionals refer overdose survivors to treatment services, increase recovery housing and other support services in colleges, and, in general, enhance and promote evidenced-based substance use programming across the country.