Markey, Koutoujian Push for ‘Game-Changer’ Opioid Treatment in Jails

The Sun

By Nicole Defeudis

Addiction treatment needs to be expanded for those in jail or prison, “a population that doesn’t get much attention,” a U.S. senator and local sheriff said on Wednesday “This is a population that has needs,” Middlesex Sheriff Peter Koutoujian said, flanked by U.S. Sen. Edward Markey at Middlesex County House of Corrections and Jail on Wednesday. “This is a population that we can help, quite honestly.” About 80% of inmates have a documented substance abuse disorder when they arrive at the Middlesex County House of Corrections, Koutoujian went on to explain. “And correctional facilities like the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office, we can provide that help to help them right their lives, get themselves on track, rejoin their families and rejoin their communities,” he said.

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