Opioid addiction treatment expands to county prisons


A medication that has proven successful in helping state prison inmates get off addictive drugs is expanding to county prisons.

State prisons use Vivitrol, a monthly treatment. Officials say it is non-addictive and cuts down on heroin cravings. 

Pennsylvania has more than $4 million in funding to expand the treatment to county prisons.

“Without having to worry about those cravings, it allows the reentrant to go into the community and focus on other reentry needs: getting a job, finding housing and getting your life back together,” said Steve Seitchik, the statewide coordinator of the Corrections Department’s medication-assisted treatment program.

The expansion of Vivitrol to county prisons could begin next month.

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