Birmingham, Ala.— NaphCare, Inc., a leading correctional healthcare company, and the Newton County Sheriff’s Office today announced implementation of a new and improved approach to assisting opioid-addicted patients in the Newton County Jail during the often dangerous withdrawal process. The new approach provides tapered administration of an opioid treatment medication called buprenorphine to assist patients with severe and sometimes life-threatening symptoms with a safer withdrawal.

“Not long ago, medical schools taught that opioid withdrawal was not life threatening,” said Emily Feely, M.D., Chief Medical Officer for NaphCare. “Today, we know better. Opioid withdrawal can result in dehydration and electrolyte imbalances that can become critical. We believe that the best approach is to minimize the withdrawal symptoms by administering a buprenorphine taper, rather than allowing symptoms to progress and managing them afterward.”

As the opioid epidemic continues to grip America, hundreds of people addicted to these dangerous drugs are booked into jails daily. In a two-year period, NaphCare has recorded a 100-percent increase in patients requiring medical care for opioid withdrawal in the jails in which they provide medical services. NaphCare is on a mission to improve the care of people suffering from opioid-withdrawal in America’s jails, partnering with correctional systems such as Newton County.

“Improving the quality of life in our community is our top priority,” said Sheriff Ezell Brown. “As we see it, that includes providing the most comprehensive care possible to those who are incarcerated with the goal of returning them safely into the community. Rather than taking a standard approach to opioid-withdrawal treatment, we believe there is great value to the community at large in taking a more proactive approach that will save lives.”

With the addition of the Newton County Jail, NaphCare has launched its opioid withdrawal treatment program in two jails in the state of Georgia, including one of the country’s largest jails in Fulton County, Ga., as well as in 18 additional jails across the country.

About NaphCare, Inc.

NaphCare, Inc., partners with city, county, state and federal correctional facilities nationwide to provide proactive, patient-focused healthcare. NaphCare aims to deliver efficient, cost-effective, quality care that meets and/or exceeds all national standards for correctional healthcare. The company’s innovative approach to delivering customized solutions for the specific needs of each correctional facility includes providing comprehensive medical services (on-site medical, dental and mental health care), pharmaceuticals, on-site dialysis services and a corrections-specific electronic operating system and health record (EHR), TechCare®. NaphCare also provides off-site management services to the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP).

Headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, NaphCare has been family owned and operated since the company’s founding in 1989. For nearly 30 years, NaphCare has been devoted solely to partnering with correctional institutions to provide quality healthcare to a unique and diverse population. Additional information can be found on the company’s website: www.naphcare.com.

Release Date: 12/20/2018