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WTKR3 News Reporting by Margaret Kavanagh

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – COVID-19 is putting on a strain on people living with mental illnesses and this can be an even bigger problem for people who are locked up in jails and prisons.

The Virginia Beach Jail is taking action to better educate their employees on how to identify and spot issues surrounding mental illness, drug overdoses and withdrawals inside their facility.

MEDIKO, a company based out of Richmond recently won… Read more

 

WTKR3 News Reporting by Margaret Kavanagh

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – COVID-19 has been a big problem for certain jails and prisons around the country. News 3 got an exclusive behind the scenes look at what a Virginia Beach jail is doing to keep the virus away as they’re operating with a new medical service team.

“It certainly changed the way we do business,” said Rocky Holcomb, the Chief Deputy of the Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office.

He said they thoroughly screen people coming into the jail. Inmates are kept with the same people and interaction has been limited. Chief Deputy said they are constantly cleaning… Read more

Addressing Opiate and Alcohol Withdrawal in Corrections
By Kaveh Ofogh, M.D., Founder & CEO of MEDIKO

The death tolls continue to rise due to substance abuse and withdrawal. The environment hit the hardest:
corrections. Because of this epidemic, you need to know the signs and symptoms of withdrawal to protect
yourself and your inmate patents. Death due to substance withdrawal is the most common cause of successful
lawsuits within detention centers in the United States.

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A local physician is appalled that several of his patients who are undergoing treatment for drug addiction were refused their withdrawal prescriptions in jail.

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The correction industry is in desperate need of an alternative to either Privatization of Medical or the more significantly risky self-management models utilized in the majority of jails and prisons in the United States.

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Virginia is using cutting-edge “telemedicine” to allow doctors to look at patients from miles away.

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The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) released a scathing letter of finding regarding an investigation on Piedmont Regional Jail’s medical care of inmates over a year ago. And now that a settlement has been reached, the jail is finally seeing the cost for providing sufficient medical care for its inmates. The price tag is a little more than expected.

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Methamphetamine has been at the forefront of the drug debate as police make record-setting numbers of lab seizure and prosecutors secure the convictions of meth-trade kingpins. Most areas of the region however face a far bigger drug problem – prescription drug abuse. It’s an issue that gets little attention these days due to the intense focus on stamping out methamphetamine.

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Even the best of clinicians find correctional institutions difficult environments in which to work. Inmates frequently have multiple medical, mental health, and substance-abuse issues that are not easily managed by a single provider. Furthermore, the number of correctional patients with coexisting mental health and medical needs is increasing.

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The challenge of launching such a complex system would require a seamless orchestration of personnel, equipment, scheduling, and expertise. With 30 years of experience working in correctional facilities and 10 of those years working in the private correctional facilities management industry, Noble was the right man for the job. Yet, despite his extensive experience and comfort with health care models, Noble and the transition team wanted to do things differently, more effectively, and less expensively than the existing models allowed.

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Currently, approximately 2.4 million inmates are housed in correctional facilities across the United States. That equates to 1 out of every 110 Americans behind bars on any given day. Incarcerated individuals are the only segment of the U.S. population with a constitution right to receive adequate physical and mental health care. Still, one of the most heavily scrutinized aspects of a correctional facility is the cost of its medical department.

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