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County jails move toward offering drug treatment behind bars
By unionleader.com- Kevin Landrigan
Published: 07/08/2019

MANCHESTER — Federal rulings, legal activism and an explosion of inmates with opioid addictions are moving county jail administrators to do the previously unthinkable — providing anti-opioid medication behind the walls.

A 2018 Pew Charitable Trusts study concluded less than 1% of the incarcerated got one of the three drugs known to help addicts kick opioids — Suboxone, Vivitrol and methadone — even though three out of four living in most prisons come there with a substance abuse problem.

Instead, incarcerated addicts dealt with the physically and psychologically painful symptoms of withdrawal with sometimes tragic overdose outcomes.

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