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Jails Failed to Protect Prisoners Experiencing Opioid Withdrawl

United States Department of Justice Civil Rights Division United States Attorney’s Office District of New Jersey had reasonable cause to conclude that a county jail failed to protect inmates from harm by not providing MAT to individuals at significant risk of harm from opioid withdrawal. The jail routinely employed a withdrawal protocol that departed from the accepted standard of care, one designed for alcohol—not opiate—withdrawal, that was a contributing factor in six suicides.
 
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