- Associated Press - Saturday, September 16, 2017

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio county will allow inmates being released from jail to receive an injection that prevents drug and alcohol abuse relapses.

Franklin County officials say about 520 inmates a year are expected to receive injections of naltrexone, which chemically prevents the high that addicts experience when using.

The Columbus Dispatch reports (https://bit.ly/2h2BDR1 ) the federally funded program will cost about $400,000 annually or about $769 for each shot. The county will spend another $50,000 on medical evaluations and program oversight.

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Kythryn Carr Hurd is vice president for clinical services at the Alcohol Drug and Mental Health Board of Franklin County.

She says inmates must have a substance-use disorder and be willing to continue treatment on release.

A record 4,050 Ohioans died of drug overdoses last year.


Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, https://www.dispatch.com

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