Treating Opioid Use Disorder and Related Infectious Diseases in the Criminal Justice System

Daniel Winetsky, Aaron Fox, Ank Nijhawan, Josiah D. Rich

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Abstract

This article provides an overview of the diagnosis and management of opioid use disorder and its infectious complications among populations with criminal justice involvement. Opioid use disorder and chronic infections such as human immunodeficiency virus and hepatitis C virus are highly prevalent among incarcerated individuals and some of the unique features of correctional facilities present challenges for their appropriate medical management. We outline evidence-based strategies for integrated, patient-centered treatment during incarceration and the potentially hazardous transition back to the community upon release.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)585-603
Number of pages19
JournalInfectious disease clinics of North America
Volume34
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2020

Keywords

  • Buprenorphine
  • Criminal justice involvement
  • Extended-release naltrexone
  • HIV infection
  • Harm reduction
  • Hepatitis C virus infection
  • Methadone
  • Opioid use disorder

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases

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