For Incarcerated Patients Battling Addiction, A New Program Offers Treatment

Doctors Anna Hatic and Carlos Menendez work with incarcerated patients seeking addiction treatment. (Photo courtesy of Family Health Services of Darke County)

For as long as Dr. Carlos Menendez has been there, Family Health Services of Darke County, Ohio, has managed the withdrawal symptoms of patients entering the local jail.

Shakiness, insomnia, nausea, vomiting, and anxiety are all common, said Menendez, who is the chief medical officer at Family Health Services. Without medical attention, death is “always a risk” when a patient with substance use disorder enters incarceration, he said.