The case for methadone in jails

Dr. Josiah Rich, a professor of medicine and epidemiology at Brown University, comments on a feature about prison systems withholding methadone treatment from inmates. "People working in the criminal justice system sometimes encounter individuals on methadone or buprenorphine who have been reincarcerated, and some may see this as a failure of the medication rather than viewing relapse as a symptom of a chronic disease," Rich said. "They may not see the many individuals who are stable on these medications and leading productive lives outside of prison."