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AP Exclusive: Costly plan aims to stem inmate overdoses

 

October 12, 2018



SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A federal official who controls medical care in California prisons wants as much as a quarter-billion dollars a year to provide medication intended to ease a record increase of fatal drug overdoses among inmates.

The plan that Clark Kelso released to The Associated Press on Thursday calls for the state to eventually provide drugs to 13,000 inmates — at a cost of as much as $252 million — to reduce craving and euphoria while weening them off opioids.

It's the latest in years of attempts to stem overdoses that killed a record 39 California inmates last year.

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