Approximately 50% of the US prison population has a substance use disorder. What role should the prison system play in fighting the opioid epidemic?
In Michigan, there is only one prison facility for women, the Women’s Huron Valley Correctional Facility located in Ypsilanti. Treating addiction among the population has long been a main focus for the facility. Assistant Deputy Karri Osterhout says it’s difficult to pinpoint exactly how many of the inmates are in there for opiates, specifically, but that “what you see in society you also see in the prison community.”