Back in January 2022, WISAM leaders created the attached letter which was sent to all Wisconsin Sheriffs. You can preview the letter below and access the full copy for use as needed to advocate in your own communities.
As advocates for the well-being, health and survival of our patients, the Wisconsin Society of Addiction Medicine urges County Jails, the DOC and DHS to take concrete and expedited steps to ensure that individuals incarcerated in our state’s jails and prisons have access to the standard of medical care for opioid use disorder (OUD). This means identifying both individuals currently receiving medications for opioid use disorder (MOUD) including buprenorphine, methadone, and extended release naltrexone, and individuals who would benefit from MOUD. Steps are needed to ensure that these individuals continue to receive MOUD while incarcerated. Buprenorphine and methadone, in particular, have been associated with reductions in mortality.
Access MOUD in Jails Letter Here