Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin announced a pilot program to test a new treatment option of opiate addiction.
According to the governor's office, under the pilot, offenders coming out of Marble Valley Correctional Center in Rutland will now be offered naltrexone, medication that reduces the urge for opioid drugs like heroin or prescription painkillers.
“Naltrexone is especially promising for treating people coming out of our correctional system, who may be motivated to stay clean but are struggling,” said Gov. Shumlin. “Because of the way naltrexone works to block the ‘high’ from using opioid drugs like heroin or prescription painkillers, this new treatment can help recovering addicts avoid a relapse.”
About 350 individuals will participate in the pilot program. The governor's office says the program will be expanded to other parts in the state in coming months.
This pilot project is funded as part of a three-year, $3 million Medication Assisted Treatment and Recovery grant from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services/Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration awarded to the Health Department in August.
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