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Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office Begins New Heroin Treatment Program

By Staff


Prescription DrugsThe Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office has recently begun a new heroin treatment program at the Onondaga County Justice Center.

The program, called the Vivitrol Pre-Release Pilot Program, involves medication assisted treatment (Vivitrol) and counseling, paired with collaboration from community clinics to offer treatment for inmates post release, the office stated.

According to officials, the goal of the program is to encourage retention in substance abuse treatment, and decrease rates of recidivism.

Sheriff Gene Conway announced the office would be implementing the program earlier this year.

Since then his office has been meeting with stakeholders to design the program, and offer participants in the program the best chance for success.

“We know that the connection between crime and drug abuse is strong,” Conway stated. “It is estimated that 30 percent of inmates entering the Justice Center have an addiction to opioids. We believe that combining jail-based treatment with community-based treatment, decreases substance abuse, improves prospects for employment, and increases pro-social behavior. While programs of a similar nature have been implemented in other areas, I am proud to state that we are the first to launch this program in a pre-sentenced facility. While this presents added challenges, I am grateful for the cooperation, and collaboration with those who helped bring us to this day.”

Vivitrol is an FDA-approved drug for the treatment of addiction, and, according to Conway’s office, the drug it isn’t a narcotic, so it cannot be abused. Vivitrol can also be used to treat alcoholics.

However, individuals must be opioid-free for one to two weeks in order for the drug to be effective.

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