By Nikki Metzgar
Tens of thousands of people with opioid use disorder pass through the corrections system each year and, right now, the vast majority don’t have access to treatment while in jail. Instead, they’re forced to go through detoxification without medication, which lowers tolerance levels without curbing opioid cravings. Unmanaged withdrawal is in itself painful. But for those who leave jail and return to their previous levels of drug use, their risk of fatal overdose is 129 times over the general population.