The Baltimore Sun Suboxone in Prisons: the forgotten front in the battle against the opioid epidemic
Multiple leaders across the nation, including Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan and even President Donald Trump, have declared states of emergency in response to the opioid epidemic. Policymakers claim to be battling this public health crisis on all fronts, but one arena continues to be conspicuously ignored: our prisons and jails.
"This is not a problem of resources. Many incarcerated patients currently receive appropriate care for other chronic conditions, including diabetes, HIV, cancer and even more-newly-recognized disorders, like gender dysphoria. Our federal and state corrections systems have the capacity to offer this treatment — a treatment defined as “essential medicine” by the World Health Organization. Anne Arundel's Road to Recovery program and other correctional facility programs (Rikers jail in New York, the prison system of Rhode Island and Vermont) demonstrate that success with medication-assisted therapy is possible."