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Grants Available to Help Inmates with Opioid Use Disorders

Inmates living with opioid use disorders at 16 county jails
around Wisconsin
are now eligible for a medication-assisted treatment program funded through a
grant from the Department of Health Services. 

The program is designed to help
people stay off heroin and prescription painkillers after they are released. Participating
inmates receive a dose of an injectable medication before their release that
treats opioid use disorder – and then they are placed on a treatment plan after
release that includes counseling and follow-up injections. 

The total amount
awarded through the grant is just over $1.3 million. Some of the county jails
benefitting from the program include Dodge
County, Manitowoc
County, and Sheboygan County