Professor Beletsky holds a joint appointment with the School of Law and Bouvé
College of Health Sciences. His scholarly interest centers on the role of law as a
structural determinant of health, and the use of policy interventions to improve
population health in a variety of domains, including drug policy, prevention of HIV and
other infectious diseases, health and human rights, criminal justice policy and
evidence-based healthcare. 



Fatal Re-Entry: Legal and Programmatic Opportunities to Curb Opioid Overdose Among Individuals Newly Released from Incarceration (with Lindsay LaSalle, Michelle Amelia Newman, Janine M. Paré, James S. Tam, and Alyssa B. Tochka), Northeastern University Law Journal (2015)

The United States is in the midst of a public health crisis: Every year, well...



Pharmacies as Providers of Expanded Health Services for People Who Inject Drugs: A Review of Laws, Policies, and Barriers in Six Countries (with Theodore M. Hammett, Son Phan, Julia Gaggin, Patricia Case, Nicholas Zaller, Alexandra Lutnick, Alex H. Kral, Ekaterina V. Fedorova, Robert Heimer, Will Small, Robin Pollini, Carl Latkin, and Don C. Des Jarlais), School of Law Faculty Publications (2014)


People who inject drugs (PWID) are underserved by health providers but pharmacies may be...



Implementation of Patients’ Rights Legislation in the Republic of Macedonia: Gaps and Disparities (with Gabriela Alcheva and Filip Gerovski), School of Law Faculty Publications (2013)

Background: Since its formation after the breakup of Yugoslavia, Macedonia has made major strides in...



Overview of the Gaps in the Health Care Legislation in Georgia: Short-, Medium-, and Long-Term Priorities (with Nino Kiknadze), School of Law Faculty Publications (2013)

Background: After gaining independence following the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Georgia has aspired to...



Police Education as a Component of National HIV Response: Lessons from Kyrgyzstan (with Rachel Thomas, Natalya Shumskaya, Irina Artamonova, and Marina Smelyanskaya), School of Law Faculty Publications (2013)

Background—Recognition of the police department’s role in shaping HIV spread and prevention has generated interest...


Popular Press



CommonHealth: Mass. a national leader in overdose prevention (with Alexander Walley) (2012)

In this interview on Radio Boston, Leo Beletsky and Alexander Walley discuss their viewpoint piece,...