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Oklahoma launches inmate opioid relapse prevention program


September 1, 2019

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A county in Oklahoma launched the state's first opioid relapse prevention program that would allow released inmates who are addicts to receive a drug that inhibits the effects of opioids and curbs the urge to use.

The Tulsa County Sheriff's Office launched the pilot program on Aug. 26 to provide Vivitrol, an FDA-approved drug.

"We are in the midst of a drug and mental health crisis," Tulsa County Sheriff Vic Regalado said. "Our jails are no exception. A good portion of our nonviolent crimes are committed by people suffering from substance abuse and mental health issues...

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