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Questions: Many prisoners in NI are waiting to receive treatment for opiate addiction

Questions: Many prisoners in NI are waiting to receive treatment for opiate addiction

Questions: Many prisoners in NI are waiting to receive treatment for opiate addiction

The number of prisoners in Northern Ireland waiting to receive treatment for opiate addiction has more than doubled in the space of a year.

Opiate substitute treatment is used to help addicts wean themselves off opiate-based drugs, such as heroin or fentanyl.

Health Minister Robin Swann said that 38 inmates in prisons here were actively waiting to receive such treatment as of December 2019.


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