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Rehabilitation Plus Rehab? Jails Dispense Drugs To Treat Inmates’ Addictions

Aug 21, 2018
Heidi DeMarco / Kaiser Health News

 

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.

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Authorities said a Florida woman they arrested for allegedly smuggling contraband into a state prison managed to distribute a highly potent synthetic marijuana to inmates after she was booked into a county jail.

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As Florida continues to deal with an opioid crisis, state corrections officials are moving ahead on a plan to cut substance-abuse services to make up a shortfall in health-care funding for the prison system.

In the veterans and faith-based pod at the Land O’ Lakes Detention Center, inmate and Army veteran Christopher Murgatroyd, 31, scrolls through the Kahn Academy app on a Google Nexus 7 tablet.

He’s been glued to the history lessons through the Kahn Academy app since getting access to the tablet last Thursday.

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Two Florida counties are testing a program to treat incarcerated heroin users.

Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office

Two Florida counties this week switched contractors hired to handle health care at their county jails. The Volusia County Commission on Thursday dumped Corizon Health, which also is the state prison system medical care provider, according to the Daytona Beach News-Journal.

The family of an 18-year-old student with severe autism and a seizure disorder who died on a Miami-Dade County school bus is suing the public school district, the Miami Herald reports.

Mentally Ill Inmates a National Problem

Jul 16, 2014
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The numbers, posted daily on the Cook County sheriff’s website, would be alarming at an urgent care clinic, let alone a jail: On a Wednesday, 36 percent of all new arrivals report having a mental illness. On a Friday, it’s 54 percent.

Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office

A popular baseball coach who suffered a stroke while driving and swerved off the road into a guardrail needed an ambulance. But sheriff's deputies didn't recognize the slurred speech and inability to move as a stroke, and hauled the driver to jail. 

  

There, the Tampa Bay Times reports, he lay on the floor untreated for 36 hours -- a fatal delay.

The U.S. Department of Justice has ended its investigation of civil-rights violations in Miami-Dade County jails amid a commitment from the county to build a mental-health treatment facility and improve medical care for inmates, the Miami Herald reports.