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Guidelines for Managing Substance Withdrawal in Jails

The alarming number of preventable deaths from substance withdrawal while in jail custody calls for the implementation of comprehensive withdrawal policies and protocols. Accordingly, Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) and National Institute of Corrections (NIC) are developing Guidelines for Managing Substance Withdrawal in Jails in partnership with AHP, the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM), and the National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC) to provide substantive clinical and correctional guidance on withdrawal management for jail administrators, corrections officers, and jail-based clinicians.

This webinar will describe BJA and NIC’s response to the urgent need to assist state, local, and tribal government officials; jail administrators; correctional officers; and jail-based clinicians in the detection and proper management of acute withdrawal from substances among individuals in custody. Presenters will describe the scope of the problem, highlight key legislation related to substance withdrawal and wrongful death, discuss the guideline development and review process, and provide an update as to publication of these guidelines.


  • Margaret T. Chapman, Policy Advisor, BJA
  • Stephen Amos, Chief, Jails Division, NIC


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