Mass. Has The First Jail In The Country That’s Also A Licensed Methadone Treatment Provider
(Editor’s note: it’s not the first, Rikers in NY had them beat by 30 years and there are many others in other states, so we hope WBUR will change their headline…but still, congratulations to Massachusetts.)
Methadone and Suboxone (the brand name for buprenorphine) ease opioid cravings and withdrawal symptoms. Forty-four of the estimated 200 people incarcerated at the Franklin County facility receive addiction medications on this day.
That includes 30-year-old Rafael Ramirez. Until he was incarcerated, he had never taken addiction medication before.