A prison system offered all inmates addiction treatment. Overdose deaths dropped sharply

A first-in-the-nation program offering medication-based treatment to all inmates appears to have significantly lowered overdose deaths.

A first-in-the-nation program offering a range of medications to Rhode Island inmates who are addicted to opioids appears to have lowered the number of overdose deaths among people recently released from jail and prison, researchers reported Wednesday.

Experts have long advocated for expanding the use of , or MAT, in correctional facilities, but for the most part, jails and prisons remain treatment deserts. Starting in

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