Washington jails see hope in medication to treat opioid addiction behind bars

Tue, August 13, 2019 10:51 AM | Marsha Grant (Administrator)

Aug. 5, 2019 at 6:00 am Updated Aug. 5, 2019 at 11:45 pm

By Erasmus Baxter

Seattle Times staff reporter

CHEHALIS, Lewis County — John Lininger met with his doctor in a windowless exam room, the clinic separated by two thick metal doors from the 240 or so other inmates of the Lewis County jail.

Lininger, a 46-year-old carpenter, has been in and out of this jail repeatedly over the past nine years on charges that he says are driven by his opioid addiction. Past jail visits meant excruciating withdrawals: nausea, bone-deep pain and overwhelming cravings for opioids.

This time is different. He sits calm, alert, without a thought of using heroin. read more here....

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