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Opioid Epidemic Strikes America’s Prison System

Many inmates in the United States prison systems struggle with drug and alcohol addiction, but the nation’s opioid epidemic is being felt behind bars right now, too.

Most prisons do not provide adequate or effective treatment programs for those suffering from addiction, but German Lopez, writing for Vox , has detailed how the prison system has fueled  the opioid epidemic.

“Over the past two months, I reached out to the 50 agencies behind state prison systems, where around 1.3 million people are locked up,” Lopez wrote in an online article in March 2018. “I first asked them if they provided any of the three main medications for opioid addiction — buprenorphine, methadone, and naltrexone. If so, I followed up to see if there were any restrictions attached. If necessary, I also verified what states said with news reports, state laws and regulations, and local experts or activists. Of the 45 states that sufficiently responded to my initial questions and follow-ups, only Rhode Island reported full access to all three forms of opioid addiction medications.”

Even though inmates have the right to adequate health care the service provided are less than ideal. The negative feelings surrounding the opioid crisis and the treatment of addiction further prohibits inmates from receiving the treatment they need.

There are solutions, and there are answers.  The team of healthcare professionals at Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania’s BrainSpark Health has recently introduced one of the most effective opioid addiction treatments, NeuroRecover, to the East Coast.  It has been found to have an 85 percent success rate in the treatment of drug and alcohol addiction.  You may know someone who needs that help – contact BrainSpark Health through their website, at http://www.BrainSparkHealth.com for additional information.

Ciara Levine – Clinical Director (Psychiatric Nurse, MSN, RN, PMHCNS)

Ciara is our Intake Coordinator/Mental Health Professional that offers an atmosphere of support so that together we can work to alleviate distress and make lasting changes. We will have the opportunity to make positive and healthy improvements to your life. My professional and personal journey have led me to be compassionate, direct and goal oriented with my clients. My approach is interactive, utilizing the theories of cognitive behavioral therapy and family systems therapy.

As a registered nurse for 22 years and an advanced practice psychiatric mental health nurse for 18 years, I have had the opportunity of helping countless individuals achieve behavioral changes that have resulted in lasting improvements in their lives.

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