The Governor’s Office, in collaboration with the Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet’s Office of Drug Control Policy, is launching the “Hope and Help” initiative to provide vital resources to individuals struggling with substance addictions.
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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 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.
In 2015, Koutoujian led the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office to launch the Medication-assisted Treatment and Directed Opioid Recovery (MATADOR) program, which helps inmates avoid relapse and related criminal activity after release.
A state-funded study last year found that 14 of the 33 Washington jails surveyed provided some kind of medication, including King County, with most offering buprenorphine.
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.
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.
The National Institutes of Health will award 12 grants to form the Justice Community Opioid Innovation Network to support research on quality addiction treatment for opioid use disorder in criminal justice settings nationwide.
In 2000, the opioid-overdose death rate in Appalachia was roughly equal to that of the rest of the country, according to a study from the National Association of Counties and the ARC. By 2017, the rate in Appalachia was 72 percent higher.
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.
Methadone and buprenorphine have proved especially effective. Patients who take one of those medications are half as likely to die from their addiction; they are also more likely to stay in treatment, and they tend to have better long-term health outcomes.
This summer, Hamilton County will test a program that will let police reach out to drug users and other low-level offenders and, instead of jailing them, lead them to the skills and treatment they need to improve their lives.
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.
In Greenfield, about 75 percent of the officers have been trained on the Crisis Intervention Team, which is a model backed by the National Alliance on Mental Illness and intended to help police work better with the community they serve, particularly those with mental health or addiction challenges.
Wisconsin, which saw a record 916 overdose deaths from opioids in 2017, is expanding the depth and breadth of its response to the epidemic, largely through an influx of federal funds.
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.
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.
On average, the work of Clark County’s four circuit courts each do the work of 1.38 courts, Overall, the county’s courts are the sixth-most overburdened out of the 92 counties in Indiana.
Called the Helping Overdose through Prevention and Education, or HOPE, program, a team consisting of a police officer, paramedic and a social worker has a goal of meeting with a person who overdosed within three to five days to connect them with appropriate assistance.
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.”