Aly: Orange County Can Afford to Responsibly Treat Inmates’ Opioid Addiction

Orange County resident and public interest attorney Mohammed Aly writes about the local campaign to implement best medical practices for treating opioid addiction in the Orange County Jail. Orange County loses hundreds of lives each year to the opioid crisis. Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) is the most effective medical response, using a combination and drugs and therapy to treat opioid addiction and deter relapse. By local policy, however, only pregnant inmates can access MAT upon booking in jail. Barring adequate opioid treatment for inmates exacerbates the health crisis and violates federal law. Funding MAT access would save taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars each year in hospitalization and law enforcement costs. For these reasons, advocates are calling for the Board of Supervisors to implement MAT access in the Orange County Jail.

Aly: Dear Tustin Legacy Neighborhood

Mohammed Aly, a local resident and executive director of the Orange County Poverty Alleviation Coalition, writes that doing nothing about homelessness is no longer an option. Given the progress of a federal lawsuit on homelessness in Orange County, Aly argues that cities like Tustin, which tonight will consider approving for construction 54 affordable rental units and 60 permanent supportive affordable rental units, can no longer refuse to provide housing opportunities for low income people.

Aly: When Hateful Rhetoric Engulfs a Tent in Flames

Mohammed Aly, a local attorney and founder of Orange County Poverty Alleviation Coalition, challenges Orange County Supervisors on their rhetoric toward the homeless, questioning whether recent statements by Supervisors Chairman Andrew Do and Supervisors Todd Spitzer have actually fueled violence against homeless individuals.