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Combatting the Opioid Crisis From Prison

Initiating Opioid Agonist Therapy

McIntyre, Jessica L., RN, MN, BSc

doi: 10.1097/JFN.0000000000000221
Case Report

ABSTRACT Presented is a case report of a young man dependent on fentanyl who did not receive opioid agonist therapy (OAT) during incarceration. Highlighted are the barriers to accessing OAT in custody, which exacerbates problems with drug-seeking behavior, diversion, and recidivism. Discussed are the implications for correctional healthcare, including the benefits of utilizing telehealth services to maximize accessibility to OAT in correctional institutions that will not only enhance the quality of patient care but also address the growing opioid epidemic across Canada.

Alberta Health Services.

The author declares no conflict of interest.

Correspondence: Jessica L McIntyre, RN, MN, BSc, 960 19st S., Lethbridge, AB T1J 1W5 Canada. E-mail:

Received May 15, 2018; accepted for publication October 2, 2018.

© 2018 by the International Association of Forensic Nurses. All rights reserved.
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