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Tuesday take: A 'shot' at a clean start for Westmoreland prison inmates

| Monday, Feb. 5, 2018, 9:00 p.m.
The Westmoreland County Prison (Trib photo)
Sean Stipp | Tribune-Review
The Westmoreland County Prison (Trib photo)

A proposed program that would give qualifying Westmoreland County Prison inmates an introductory dose of a drug that helps break the cycle of addiction reflects the evolving role of prisons as drug-treatment facilities. And clearly, counseling and follow-up should be part of any program. Whereas about two-third of the lockup's inmates last year required some form of drug detoxification, primarily for opioid addiction, giving inmates a shot at a “clean” start on the outside makes practical sense.

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