• Substance Use Treatment in Jails: Current Issues and Recommendations 

    The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) estimates that in 2014, 21.5 million people in the United States age twelve and older had at least one substance use disorder (SUD), as cited in Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality (CBHSQ; 2015).

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  • Opiate Use: The Tip of the Iceberg for Adults in Jail

    Law enforcement officials and public health professionals are currently concentrating their efforts on reducing opiate use, and for good reason, but they may be overlooking even more prevalent substance use disorders (SUDs).

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Ben  Cort

Now the Director of Professional Relations for CeDAR, in Aurora, CO that is part of the University of Colorado Health System. With a deep understanding of the issues and a personal motivation to see the harmful effects of drug and alcohol abuse minimized, his passion for recovery, prevention and harm reduction comes from his own struggle with substance abuse. Until 2007 he was a HR Director at an S&P 500 firm. He left this role to help start the Colorado based nonprofit, Phoenix Multisport (PM), an organization that has received frequent national recognition for their innovative approach to building sober communities around sport and healthy activities. While with PM, Ben worked extensively with the treatment community as well as drug courts and the therapy community as advisor, a member of clinical teams, frequent speaker, liaison, etc. Ben joined the drug policy conversation at the national level in 2012 after leaving PM and has since been appointed to the Board of Directors of Project SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana).