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Rhode Island Found a Way to Cut Post-Prison Overdose Deaths in Half

A new study shows that by targeting people with opioid addiction who are leaving the state’s combined jail and prison, Rhode Island cut the death rate among this group by 61 percent within a year. Overall, between 2016 and 2017, the state saw a 12 percent decline in overdose deaths.

Native American, Rural Women Hit Hardest by Opioid Crisis, Experts Say

The risk is heightened for Native American women, who face a long history of oppression and abuse, turning to opioids as a form of pain management, and for women in rural areas, who have limited access to drug treatment programs, the experts said at a webinar organized by the National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health.

Tennessee Governor Touts $30M Plan to Fight Opioid Epidemic

A yet-to-be-released number of new state investigators would focus on opioid work, and 512 beds at a western Tennessee prison would be repurposed to help treat opioid addicts, doubling the number of those dedicated beds across the state prison system.

Opioid Addiction Knows No Color, but Its Treatment Does

More affluent patients can avoid methadone clinics entirely, receiving a new treatment directly from a doctor’s office. Many poorer Hispanic and black individuals struggling with drug addiction must rely on highly regulated clinics, which they must visit daily.

Oklahoma Opioid Commission Lays out Legislative Priorities

Terri White, commissioner of the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, said about 9,000 people in Oklahoma used medication-assisted treatment last year, and as many as 14,000 could do so in the current fiscal year. People who receive that type of treatment are less likely to experience an overdose or commit crimes and more likely to keep a job, she said.

Lake County Sheriff, Health Department, and Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities to Train At-Risk Inmates

Sheriff Mark C. Curran, Jr. stated, “We know inmates with Substance Use Disorder have a high rate of relapse. Through this program, we hope to educate inmates on how to prevent overdoses and on the rehabilitative resources that are available. If they refrain from using during their first couple weeks out of jail, they may be more likely to seek help for their addiction.”