“When the Department of Corrections begins offering naltrexone to male inmates sometime this fall, it will put New Hampshire among the more than 20 states that use the drug to treat incarcerated addicts.
New Hampshire, however, will launch the program using the oral version of naltrexone, which studies show faces more barriers to success than the extended-release injections used in other prisons and jails across the country.
Federal regulators approved naltrexone as a daily treatment for heroin addiction in 1984. Even then, clinical studies had identified a significant hurdle: Only a small percentage of patients who were “more motivated and emotionally stable” were likely to comply with the treatment.”
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Source: New Hampshire Public Radio – August 5, 2015