Category: medication-assisted therapy

Kansas Inmate Will Be Allowed Opioid Addiction Drugs

The New York Times By Sandra E. Garcia The American Civil Liberties Union said it had reached a settlement with a federal prison in Kansas that had denied buprenorphine, an opioid addiction medication, to an inmate who the group said would “inevitably suffer and possibly die” without it. The inmate, Leaman Crews, is set to receive …

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MAT Inside Correctional Facilities: Addressing Medication Diversion

Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is the use of FDA-approved medications in combination with behavioral therapies to treat alcohol and opioid addictions. When provided as part of the rehabilitation and reentry process for people incarcerated in correctional facilities, MAT addresses substance use as a criminogenic risk factor and may contribute to long-term recovery and reduced recidivism. As …

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[Register for Webinar] Meeting the Needs of Individuals with Substance Use Disorders: Strategies for Jails

Hosted by the National Association of Counties This webinar will highlight strategies counties can use to effectively treat individuals with substance addictions in jails, including the use of substance addiction screenings, medication-assisted treatment, and population review teams. This is the second of a three-part webinar series on Substance Abuse Interventions for Justice-Involved Individuals, which focuses on strategies …

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[Apply Now] Planning Initiative to Build Bridges between Jail and Community-Based Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder

The Institute of Intergovernmental Research is seeking applications on behalf of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance, which is joining efforts with Arnold Ventures to support this nine-month planning initiative designed to help communities develop a comprehensive continuum of care model that targets the jail population and builds bridges between in-custody and community-based …

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Pioneering Program Helping Addicted Inmates in Atlantic County Jail

The Press of Atlantic City By The Press of Atlantic City Staff Prisons are an important front line in the war on the opioid crisis. Nationwide, half of state prisoners and two-thirds of jail inmates meet the clinical criteria for drug dependence or abuse. In New Jersey, 80 percent of inmates with a substance use …

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How the Smallest State Is Defeating America’s Biggest Addiction Crisis

Politico Magazine By Erick Trickey By the time police caught Paul Roussell with heroin last summer, the 58-year-old lobster fisherman had been addicted to the drug for almost 10 years. He’d gone from sniffing two bags of heroin a day to 10, then as many as 17. He was running drugs for dealers to afford …

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We’re Failing in the Opioid Crisis—a New Study Shows a More Serious Approach Would Save Lives

Vox By German Lopez The opioid epidemic is the deadliest drug overdose crisis in US history — on track to kill more people over the next decade than currently live in entire American cities like Miami or Baltimore. A new study, published in the American Journal of Public Health on Thursday by Stanford researchers Allison Pitt, Keith Humphreys, and Margaret …

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Rehabilitation Plus Rehab? Jails Treat Inmates with Opioid Addiction Medication

Governing By Anna Gorman At a time when the U.S. government is trying to deal with a nationwide opioid epidemic, many jails across the country are only now rolling out medicines to help inmates overcome addiction. And most of those jails dispense only one of the drugs currently available. Nearly 1 in 5 jail and …

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Opinion: If Addiction Is a Disease, Why Is Relapsing a Crime?

The New York Times By New York Times staff When Julie Eldred tested positive for fentanyl in 2016, 11 days into her probation for a larceny charge, she was sent to jail. Such outcomes are typical in the American criminal justice system, even though, as Ms. Eldred’s lawyer has argued, ordering a drug addict to …

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