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  1. portprevent

    Thanks for this entry, Dr. Junig. Our program provides overdose prevention education as well as information on the brain disease of addiction to male and female inmates at the jail mentioned in the article above. We have the conversation with inmates quite often about how withdrawal is treated in the jail. We learned (a couple of years back) that they treat benzo and alcohol withdrawal (b/c people can die from withdrawal from these drugs); but people withdrawing from opiates get their symptoms treated with Immodium and the like, because as we know, “you can’t die from opiate withdrawal.”
    We have heard from many an inmate their struggles with addiction (and withdrawal) while in jail and we can only better help these folks by continuing to TREAT the addiction, which is most often behind WHY they are incarcerated in the first place.
    Thanks again for highlighting this issue.

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