Washington Jails See Hope in Medication to Treat Opioid Addiction behind Bars

The Seattle Times

By Erasmus Baxter

John Lininger met with his doctor in a windowless exam room, the clinic separated by two thick metal doors from the 240 or so other inmates of the Lewis County jail. Lininger, a 46-year-old carpenter, has been in and out of this jail repeatedly over the past nine years on charges that he says are driven by his opioid addiction. Past jail visits meant excruciating withdrawals: nausea, bone-deep pain and overwhelming cravings for opioids. This time is different. He sits calm, alert, without a thought of using heroin.

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