Kearley, Wimberly, and Cosgrove Co-Author "The Impact of Drug Court Participation on Mortality"

August 8, 2019


Research Assistant Professor Brook Kearley is the lead author of new research titled "The impact of drug court participation on mortality: 15-year outcomes from a randomized controlled trial" that has been published by the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment.  SSW co-authors include Senior Research Analyst John Cosgrove and Assistant Professor Alexandra Wimberly.



  • Participants were randomly assigned to BCDTC or traditional adjudication.

  • Over 20% of the sample died, largely due to substance use-related causes.

  • 15-year mortality rates did not differ between BCDTC and traditional adjudication.

  • During the intervention, most participants did not receive MAT.

  • Drug courts should implement best practices, including MAT and naloxone training.



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