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Monthly Archives: October 2019

Alcohol and Drug Withdrawal in Custody Can Be Deadly

A person who is dependent on alcohol or drugs should never be forced to go “cold turkey” while in jail or prison without close medical supervision, monitoring, and treatment by trained personnel. Alcohol withdrawal while in custody — which often happens when someone suffering from alcohol dependence is locked up without warning — can be… Read More »

Suicide in Prison Is Not an “Individual Choice”

Surviving family members are often mislead to believe their relative’s suicide was a private decision or was an individual choice. But thinking of suicide while in custody as an ‘”individual choice” means forgetting that many such incidents result from the negligent conduct of guards or other corrections officials. All you have to do is open… Read More »

The Cost of the Opioid Crisis on West Virginia Grandparents

The national opioid epidemic has taken a harsh and unexpected toll on older adults with grown children — especially in West Virginia, where the overdose rate is higher than it is in any other state. When these grown children can no longer parent effectively because of their addiction to heroin, painkillers or other opiates, many… Read More »