OHSU-led Study Found that Nearly Half of Rural Opioid Users Had Been in Jailv

A national study found that 42% of drug users in rural areas of Oregon and nine other states had been in jail or prison in the past year. So, experts are asking more prisons and jails to offer addiction treatment to people who are in jail or prison. The study came out late last week in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

From January 2020 to March 2020, researchers looked at 10 “geographically diverse” states with high overdose rates in their rural counties. This covers Ohio, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, North Carolina, Kentucky, North Carolina, and West Virginia, but not Oregon.

People who wanted to take part in the study had to have used painkillers for reasons other than medical in the last 30 days. Out of the 2935 people who filled out the survey, 42.2% had been in jail or prison for at least one day in the last six months.

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During that time, 23.4% of those who answered said they had been arrested, 43.9% said they had been pulled over by police, and 28.3% said they were on probation or post-prison control.

Medical researchers also found that people who had recently been in jail were more likely to have tried and failed to get addiction help than people who had not recently been in jail. Also, the number of overdoses was higher among people who had just been released from prison.

Just eight months before Oregonians passed Measure 110, the law that made small amounts of illegal drugs less of a crime, researchers finished compiling survey data. A professor at Oregon Health & Science University named Dan Hoover led the study. He said that the poll results show that Oregon’s jails and prisons need better addiction treatment.

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“You can get help in jails, but most jails don’t offer this kind of addiction care,” Hoover told OHSU. “In a broader sense, our prisons and jails are supposed to rehabilitate people who have been in trouble with the law, and treating addiction is a big part of that.”

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