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Two inmates likely going through painful opioid withdrawal in a jail in Portland, Maine. About 65 percent of the nation’s 2.3 million inmates are addicted to drugs or alcohol, but few get the medications that could help them beat their addictions. Getty Images

Helping Drug-Addicted Inmates Break the Cycle

By | Alcohol & Substance Abuse, Health, Pew Charitable Trusts | No Comments
In the first two weeks after a drug user is released from jail, the risk of a fatal overdose is much higher than at any other time in his addiction. After months or years in confinement, theoretically without access to illicit drugs, an addict’s tolerance for drugs is low but his craving to get high can be as strong as ever.
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