As the nation’s opioid crisis worsens, few incarcerated individuals receive evidence-based treatment for addiction—resulting in continued substance abuse post-incarceration. A smarter use of technology can help treatment facilities and criminal justice institutions work together to provide the help they need, writes a tech developer.
Inmates leaving the Harris County jail in Texas will soon be offered monthly Vivitrol injections to help them combat heroin and opioid addiction. The innovative pilot program has sparked some criticism, but defenders say the treatment can help keep addicts out of the justice system.
The Missouri Democrat wants five top firms to disclose internal studies that may have detailed the possible risks of addiction and abuse associated with painkillers such as OxyContin and other powerful opioid medications, as well as marketing and business plans to increase sales of opioids.
The union, its members wracked by overdose deaths, is challenging one of the world’s biggest pharmaceutical wholesalers, demanding that AmerisourceBergen Corp. investigate its own sales practices and potential supply chain diversions.