US Federal court rules inmates must be provided with treatment for addiction

A precedent has been set by a US federal court in Maine through a ruling that a state prison must provide treatment for opioid use disorder. Maine prison officials had initially informed lawyers that a prisoner’s buprenorphine prescription would be interrupted whilst in prison, causing him to experience withdrawal symptoms. The court ruling means that prison officials must now continue to provide buprenorphine. The ruling has been welcomed by treatment agencies; however, prison administrators have expressed concern over meeting the costs, citing the high numbers of people in US prisons who experience addiction.