Law And Order With Andrea Cabral: Mass. Prisons Now Offer Medication To Treat Inmates’ Opiate Addictions

Massachusetts prisons have begun to be provide opiate-addicted inmates with medications to help them through withdrawals and treat their substance abuse.

The three medications that will be used are Suboxone, methadone and Naltrexone, according to Andrea Cabral, the former Suffolk County sheriff, former secretary of public safety, and the CEO of Ascend. The reason why Massachusetts prisons had previously denied inmates medication, and why most prisons throughout the country continue to do so, is because Suboxone and methadone are considered controlled substances which could be abused by inmates.