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Tulsa County Sheriff's Office announces program to help opioid addicted inmates

Posted at 12:10 PM, Aug 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-21 13:26:03-04

TULSA — On Wednesday, the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office held a news conference to announce a program to help opioid addicted inmates.

The Tulsa County Jail is the first jail in the state of Oklahoma to offer inmates a prescription medication that will help with the craving of opioids for a month, officials say.

Only inmates who have completed detox will be eligible for the program, officials say.

Officials say inmates will be able to get an injection of Vivitrol, three to four days before their release from jail.

Officials say the goal is to increase the chances of an inmate's recovery, between being released from jail and when they begin counseling, while decreasing their chances of being arrested again.

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