County votes to end drug treatment policy for jail inmates

November 17, 2019

OSSIPEE, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire county has voted to end a medication assistant treatment program for jail inmates.

The Carroll County Commission voted 2 to 1 Wednesday against continuing the current treatment program that provides anti-opioid medication and counseling and therapy at Carroll County Jail.

Several other New Hampshire county jails and state prisons currently offer the treatment.

New Hampshire Public Radio reports that commission Chairwoman Amanda Bevard says she’s opposed to inmates starting treatment in jail, but is in favor of providing it to those who were already getting it.

Carroll County Jail superintendent Jason Henry says the treatment is standard and that he plans to work with the American Civil Liberties Union and the commissioners to figure out a compromise.

Five of eight Carroll County inmates on the program started the treatment in jail.