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Opiate Use: The Tip of the Iceberg for Adults in Jail


Law enforcement officials and public health professionals are currently concentrating their efforts on reducing opiate use, and for good reason, but they may be overlooking even more prevalent substance use disorders (SUDs). The record number of fatal overdoses, the surge in treatment admissions, and the significant number of arrestees who test positive for opiates immediately following admission into local jails are all causes for concern (SAMHSA, 2017; Rudd, Aleshire, Zibbell, & Gladden,…

Albert Kopak, PhD, received his PhD in justice studies from Arizona State University and specializes in research focused on the treatment and assessment of SUDs in criminal justice settings. He has provided consultation in program evaluation and assessment for various criminal justice agencies in the US as well as the UK. He is an associate professor of criminology at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina.

Elizabeth M. Combs
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