U.S. May Force States to Provide Addiction Drugs to Prisoners

The Justice Department has announced an investigation into whether states are violating the Americans With Disabilities Act if they refuse to provide methadone, buprenorphine, or other anti-addiction drugs to people in state prisons.

A letter announcing an investigation was sent by the U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts to state health and public safety officials. The suggestion is that people receiving medication-assisted addiction treatment are protected by the ADA, and therefore states have the obligation to accommodate them with continued treatment.

Although Massachusetts is the first state to receive notice of such an investigation, the probe will be a nationwide effort, according to Leo Beletsky, a Northeastern University professor who says he has spoken with Justice Department officials in Washington, D.C. about the issue.

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