Currently, 185 prisoners are receiving psychological treatment from psychologists or social workers to help them overcome their drug addiction.
Sunset clauses on medical interventions for addiction are imperative if we are going to see addicted persons exit drug use. M.A.T (Medication Assisted Treatment) can be a useful initial circuit breaker, but without a clear process to exit drug use, then dependency simply shifts from illicit to prescription drugs – and in the case of opiate/opioid use, an individual can be subject to what many drug users call ‘liquid handcuffs’ – trapped by persistent toxic opioid use. This is an incredibly detrimental mechanism for both short and long-term health outcomes. If an MAT is employed, then it must have a sunset clause, for the patient’s future well-being. (D.I)