Wisconsin jail facing increase of inmates with opioid withdrawal symptoms

February 16, 2016

For the last three years, Jefferson County Jail in Wisconsin has seen more than 100 inmates per year treated for drug or alcohol withdrawal upon initial intake, the vast majority of which are treated for withdrawal from heroin or another kind of opioid. Constantly having to treat an increasing number of inmates going through withdrawal takes its toll, according to one registered nurse at the jail. It means more nursing hours because those inmates have to be seen at least twice a day to check their vital signs and to receive medication to help them through withdrawal.