Delaware’s Department of Correction announced in June it is expanding Medication Assisted Treatment to all of its level five facilities.
The DOC previously only offered MAT to pregnant women and would also use medicine to assist offenders going through opioid withdrawal. But for the past few months now, methadone, buprenorphine and Vivitrol have been available to inmates with substance abuse disorder throughout their stay in any Delaware state prison.
This comes in response to the First State’s rising overdose rate, which has reached sixth in the nation, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“I would expect that our program in the prisons will eventually catch up to where the rate is and start to bring the overdose death down,” said Dr. Marc Richman, Delaware’s former Chief for the Bureau of Correctional Healthcare Services who stepped down at the start of the month.
Source: Delaware Public Media (NPR)