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Hundreds now treated for opioid abuse disorders in Hennepin County jail


September 17, 2019

Richard Tsong-Taatarii – Minneapolis Star Tribune

"We are very pleased with the results," Hennepin County Sheriff David Hutchinson said of the new opioid initiative. Hutchinson toured the jail in January.

A national push to treat jail inmates struggling with opioid use is fueling a dramatic increase this year in the number of Hennepin County inmates receiving treatment.

Hennepin County jail staffers monitor as many as 250 inmates a month who are going through opioid withdrawal. So far this year, more than 350 inmates in the jail and workhouse have voluntarily accepted treatment - up significantly since last year when only 10 people in custody in the county were medically treated for opioid use.


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