New plan for jailed addicts to get treatment

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Ohio (WDTN) – A plan to get heroin addicts out of jail and into recovery is in the works.

Most of the people incarcerated in the Montgomery County jail are in there on drug charges. Leaders who have been tracking the heroin trend are working to help jailed addicts get treatment, which they say in turn will curb other crimes like car break-ins and theft.

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office is teaming up with ADAMHS to help detoxing addicts in jail, get help.

The quicker they get to recovery, the quicker experts say crime rates will go down in our region. The new program hopes to keep repeat drug offenders out of the justice system by providing them with treatment options before they leave the jail.

The treatment is basically a shot of Vivitrol, a medicine that curbs heroin cravings. Experts behind it say it will bring crime down and hopefully keep the drug off the street.

“The problem is, they have to want it they have to choose to engage in the program. People always have a choice, we can’t force them into anything. We connect then with Vivitrol, which is a monthly injection” said Helen Jones-Kelley, ADAMHS executive director.

If those addicts who want treatment don’t have insurance, the program will cover them through Medicaid. Each shot of Vivitrol costs more than a $1,000, some of which is coming from taxpayers money.

The program doesn’t officially have a name yet; it launches August 1st.

2 NEWS will track it’s progress and keep you updated.

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