Jailhouse Methadone

Inmates who undergo forced withdrawal from methadone while incarcerated are less likely to resume substance abuse treatment upon their release, according to a Lancet article.

Brown University investigators compared Rhode Island inmates who, at the time of their arrest, were enrolled in community-based methadone treatment programs. One group continued to receive methadone maintenance doses, while another group received the standard withdrawal protocol.

Upon release, inmates who continued with methadone were more than twice as likely to resume community-based care than the forced-withdrawal group, an outcome that could reduce the first group’s risk of a fatal overdose.
 

The Lancet

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