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Kansas Inmate Will Be Allowed Opioid Addiction Drugs

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.

Seven Mass. County Jails to Implement Methadone Pilot Programs

The Greenfield jail will establish a clinic where the substances can be both stored and administered. Other county jails will have methadone and other medications brought in on a regular basis to help incarcerated people suffering from opioid use disorder.

DOC to Expand Treatment Program for Opioid-Addicted Inmates

Citing the Delaware Drug Overdose Fatality Review Commission Report, which reviewed a representative sample of Delaware’s record 400 overdose deaths in 2018, the DOC notes that 30 percent had previously been detained with their facilities.

New Legislation Introduced to Increase MAT Access in Correctional Facilities

Last month, Senators Edward Markey (D-MA) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) introduced a bill to increase treatment for opioid use disorder among incarcerated individuals and address the issue that inmates are 40 times more likely to die from a fatal opioid overdose in the first two weeks following release.

How States Address Opioid Use Disorder in Prisons

At a Council of State Governments national conference The Pew Charitable Trusts hosted a session that brought together policymakers from across the country to share approaches for addressing the treatment needs of the criminal justice population and increasing their access to MAT.

Opinion: To Stem the Opioid Epidemic, NJ Must Take Care of Prison Population

Far too often, the previously incarcerated fall off Medicaid and are unable to establish reliable access to care, much less addiction treatment specialists. Unfortunately, this is even more true in states like New Jersey, where barriers such as prior authorization requirements to prescribe medication-assisted treatment to Medicaid beneficiaries still exist.

A Visual Journey through Addiction

To understand what goes through the minds and bodies of opioid users, The New York Times spent months interviewing users, family members, and addiction experts. Using their insights, they created a visual representation of how the strong lure of these powerful drugs can hijack the brain.

Drug Courts’ Evolution toward Children and Family Services

A recent study of family drug courts demonstrated that child, parent, and family well-being outcomes improved when a comprehensive, family-centered approach was used to address specific needs of children and families in addition to the parent’s recovery.

U.S. Surgeon General Calls for Education, Awareness to Combat Opioid Crisis

U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams, who holds the rank of vice admiral in the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, said he and other health care professionals were once “part of the problem” by overprescribing opioids as painkillers, but now he’s “excited to be part of the solution.”