Why Nation's Drug Czar Says Camden County Jail is National Model for Drug Treatment

By Cherry Hill Courier Post, Phaedra Trethan, February 21, 2023

Dr. Rahul Gupta is the first medical doctor to lead the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, appointed by President Joe Biden in October 2021 specifically because of his expertise in addiction treatment at the community level.

On Tuesday, Gupta got a firsthand look at those on-the-ground efforts in South Jersey, and called what he saw at the Camden County Correctional Facility "a model for the nation," announcing that, by this summer, all federal prisons will offer treatment for substance use disorder as part of Biden's commitment to offer universal access to addiction treatment by 2025.

In addition, Gupta announced that there will be new federal guidance coming in the spring for medication-assisted treatment (MAT) allowing states to use Medicaid funds for treatment. States can apply for the federal aid for use in prisons, jails and other correctional facilities.