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Detoxing in jail: Treating opioid use behind bars


In Bellingham, Washington, a recent class action lawsuit by the ACLU may impact how inmates across the country are treated for addiction. Following a settlement, the Whatcom County Jail now provides inmates suffering from Opioid Use Disorder with medication-assisted treatment (MAT) services. In Washington state, released prisoners are 13 times more likely to die by overdose than the rest of the American population. For inmates like Cordelia and Brooke, access to Suboxone has vastly improved their experience of detoxing in jail.