By Anna Gorman

August 21, 2018

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At a time when the U.S. government is trying to deal with a nationwide
opioid epidemic, many jails across the country are only now rolling out
medicines to help inmates overcome addiction. And most of those jails
dispense only one of the drugs currently available.

Nearly 1 in 5 jail and prison inmates regularly used heroin or opioids
before being incarcerated, making jails a logical entry point for
intervention, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.