Jails Serving as Makeshift Drug Detox Centers Due To Heroin and Opioid Crisis

Some smaller jails in Louisiana have been having to pull double-duty as more and more arrestees suffer from heroin and opiates withdrawal symptoms. Nearly two of three sentenced inmates in jail from 2007 to 2009 met the criteria for drug dependence, and the numbers can only be expected to go up with the crisis. A couple of jails in Terrebonne and Larfourche parishes in Louisiana are following the trend other jails have been following, and using their facilities as de facto drug detox centers for their inmates. In the event that the inmate’s condition even looks like it might get critical, they are sent to the nearest hospital for treatment.

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As the the country is seized by the heroin-opioid epidemic, many grappling with addiction end up in local jails, where the facilities serve as de facto detox centers.

Almost two-thirds of sentenced inmates in jail from 2007 to 2009 met the criteria for drug dependence or abuse, with one out of five during that same time period reporting regular use of heroin or opiates, according to a 2017 Justice Department report.

More than 2 million Americans are estimated to be dependent on or abusing prescription pain relievers or street drugs.

As a high number of those with addictions flood local jails, facilities such as the jails in Terrebonne and Larfourche parishes are tasked with safely managing the symptoms of inmates who begin experiencing withdrawal symptoms shortly after they’re booked, whether it’s caused by alcohol, opiates or other drugs. Click Here to Continue Reading

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