Behavioral Health Business February 3, 2023
Laura Lovett

In the two weeks after leaving incarceration, individuals are 40 times more likely to die from an opioid overdose than the general public. Yet, for years, there has been little attention paid to treating substance use disorders (SUD) in prisons and when individuals are reintroduced into society.

But this could improve as providers team up with local corrections departments to provide SUD treatment, and as state Medicaid changes expands access to more incarcerated or newly released individuals.

“Statistics vary, but most agree that roughly 85% of all people incarcerated have some kind of problematic substance use or problematic relationship with substances, and much of that drives their incarceration,” Meghann Perry, a recovery coach professional educator and person with lived...

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