Sheriffs, health officials and lawmakers gathered Thursday at the State House to discuss a recently launched pilot program at seven county correctional systems.
Massachusetts Sheriffs’ Association President Peter Koutoujian said participating jails are now offering all three federally-approved opioid treatment medications: methadone, buprenorphine and naltrexone. The efforts were mandated under a broader opioid bill lawmakers approved last year.
Koutoujian, the Middlesex sheriff, said the pilot launched Sept. 1 and already has about 100 participants. Jails in Essex, Franklin, Hampden, Hampshire, Middlesex, Norfolk and Suffolk counties are participating.
Source: The Associated Press