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Massachusetts Jail Offers Drug to Fight Addiction - 04 Sep 2014
A pioneering addiction treatment program at the Barnstable County (Massachusetts) Correctional Facility offers an injection of the drug naltrexone, to people addicted to opioids from Vicodin to heroin.

The drug, made by Dublin, Ireland-based Alkermes Plc and sold under the brand name Vivitrol, blocks receptors in the brain, reducing cravings and barring users from getting high for about 25 days at a cost of nearly $1,000 a shot.

Corrections officials and drug addiction specialists say programs like Barnstable's could help in the fight against opioid addiction, which has been rising in the United States in recent years.

The jail recently released data showing that out of more than 100 inmates who have gone through Barnstable's program at Barnstable, which was launched in April 2012, 21 percent have been re-incarcerated.
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September 03, 2014
Gail Dufault, the Transitional Healthcare Coordinator at the Barnstable County House of Corrections,...
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Gail Dufault, the Transitional Healthcare Coordinator at the Barnstable County House of Corrections,...
Gail Dufault, the Transitional Healthcare Coordinator at the Barnstable County House of Corrections, checks that a dose of Vivitrol is mixed properly before administering the drug to inmate Kenneth Saglibene at the prison in Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts September 2, 2014. Barnstable is believed to be the first jail in the country to launch an intensive voluntary recovery program for opiate-addicted inmates with the use of Vivitrol, an injectable non-narcotic drug that blocks receptors in the brain and bars addicts from getting high off heroin and other opioids for about 25 days, at a cost of about $1,000 a shot. Picture taken September 2, 2014. To match Feature USA-HEROIN/PRISONS/ REUTERS/Brian Snyder
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September 03, 2014
Inmate Kenneth Saglibene (R) mixes a dose of Vivitrol for himself by shaking it while talking to Gail...
BUZZARDS BAY, UNITED STATES
Inmate Kenneth Saglibene mixes a dose of Vivitrol for himself by shaking it while talking to Gail Dufault,...
Inmate Kenneth Saglibene (R) mixes a dose of Vivitrol for himself by shaking it while talking to Gail Dufault, the Transitional Healthcare Coordinator at the Barnstable County House of Corrections, at the prison in Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts September 2, 2014. Barnstable is believed to be the first jail in the country to launch an intensive voluntary recovery program for opiate-addicted inmates with the use of Vivitrol, an injectable non-narcotic drug that blocks receptors in the brain and bars addicts from getting high off heroin and other opioids for about 25 days, at a cost of about $1,000 a shot. Picture taken September 2, 2014. To match Feature USA-HEROIN/PRISONS/ REUTERS/Brian Snyder
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September 03, 2014
Inmate Kenneth Saglibene mixes a dose of Vivitrol for himself by shaking it at the Barnstable County...
BUZZARDS BAY, UNITED STATES
Inmate Kenneth Saglibene mixes a dose of Vivitrol for himself by shaking it at the Barnstable County...
Inmate Kenneth Saglibene mixes a dose of Vivitrol for himself by shaking it at the Barnstable County House of Corrections in Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts September 2, 2014. Barnstable is believed to be the first jail in the country to launch an intensive voluntary recovery program for opiate-addicted inmates with the use of Vivitrol, an injectable non-narcotic drug that blocks receptors in the brain and bars addicts from getting high off heroin and other opioids for about 25 days, at a cost of about $1,000 a shot. Picture taken September 2, 2014. To match Feature USA-HEROIN/PRISONS/ REUTERS/Brian Snyder
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September 03, 2014
Inmate Kenneth Saglibene winces as he gets an injection of Vivitrol from Gail Dufault, the Transitional...
BUZZARDS BAY, UNITED STATES
Inmate Kenneth Saglibene winces as he gets an injection of Vivitrol from Gail Dufault, the Transitional...
Inmate Kenneth Saglibene winces as he gets an injection of Vivitrol from Gail Dufault, the Transitional Healthcare Coordinator at the Barnstable County House of Corrections, at the prison in Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts September 2, 2014. Barnstable is believed to be the first jail in the country to launch an intensive voluntary recovery program for opiate-addicted inmates with the use of Vivitrol, an injectable non-narcotic drug that blocks receptors in the brain and bars addicts from getting high off heroin and other opioids for about 25 days, at a cost of about $1,000 a shot. Picture taken September 2, 2014. To match Feature USA-HEROIN/PRISONS/ REUTERS/Brian Snyder
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September 03, 2014
Gail Dufault, the Transitional Healthcare Coordinator at the Barnstable County House of Corrections,...
BUZZARDS BAY, UNITED STATES
Gail Dufault, the Transitional Healthcare Coordinator at the Barnstable County House of Corrections,...
Gail Dufault, the Transitional Healthcare Coordinator at the Barnstable County House of Corrections, prepares a dose of Vivitrol at the prison in Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts September 2, 2014. Barnstable is believed to be the first jail in the country to launch an intensive voluntary recovery program for opiate-addicted inmates with the use of Vivitrol, an injectable non-narcotic drug that blocks receptors in the brain and bars addicts from getting high off heroin and other opioids for about 25 days, at a cost of about $1,000 a shot. Picture taken September 2, 2014. To match Feature USA-HEROIN/PRISONS/ REUTERS/Brian Snyder
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September 03, 2014
Gail Dufault, the Transitional Healthcare Coordinator at the Barnstable County House of Corrections,...
BUZZARDS BAY, UNITED STATES
Gail Dufault, the Transitional Healthcare Coordinator at the Barnstable County House of Corrections,...
Gail Dufault, the Transitional Healthcare Coordinator at the Barnstable County House of Corrections, checks that a dose of Vivitrol is mixed properly before administering the drug to inmate Kenneth Saglibene at the prison in Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts September 2, 2014. Barnstable is believed to be the first jail in the country to launch an intensive voluntary recovery program for opiate-addicted inmates with the use of Vivitrol, an injectable non-narcotic drug that blocks receptors in the brain and bars addicts from getting high off heroin and other opioids for about 25 days, at a cost of about $1,000 a shot. Picture taken September 2, 2014. To match Feature USA-HEROIN/PRISONS/ REUTERS/Brian Snyder
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September 03, 2014
William Luz, who was recently released from the Barnstable County House of Corrections, works as a cook...
Sandwich, UNITED STATES
William Luz, who was recently released from the Barnstable County House of Corrections, works as a cook...
William Luz, who was recently released from the Barnstable County House of Corrections, works as a cook at a restaurant in Sandwich, Massachusetts August 29, 2014. Luz is a participant in the jail's intensive voluntary recovery program for opiate-addicted inmates, including the job placement assistance that helped Luz into his cooks position and receiving injections of Vivitrol, a non-narcotic drug that blocks receptors in the brain and bars addicts from getting high off heroin and other opioids for about 25 days, at a cost of about $1,000 a shot. Picture taken August 29, 2014. To match Feature USA-HEROIN/PRISONS/ REUTERS/Brian Snyder
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September 03, 2014
William Luz, who was recently released from the Barnstable County House of Corrections, works as a cook...
Sandwich, UNITED STATES
William Luz, who was recently released from the Barnstable County House of Corrections, works as a cook...
William Luz, who was recently released from the Barnstable County House of Corrections, works as a cook at a restaurant in Sandwich, Massachusetts August 29, 2014. Luz is a participant in the jail's intensive voluntary recovery program for opiate-addicted inmates, including the job placement assistance that helped Luz into his cooks position and receiving injections of Vivitrol, a non-narcotic drug that blocks receptors in the brain and bars addicts from getting high off of heroin and other opioids for about 25 days, at a cost of about $1,000 a shot. Picture taken August 29, 2014. To match Feature USA-HEROIN/PRISONS/ REUTERS/Brian Snyder
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September 03, 2014
William Luz, who was recently released from the Barnstable County House of Corrections, cooks a diner's...
Sandwich, UNITED STATES
William Luz, who was recently released from the Barnstable County House of Corrections, cooks a diner's...
William Luz, who was recently released from the Barnstable County House of Corrections, cooks a diner's order at a restaurant in Sandwich, Massachusetts August 29, 2014. Luz is a participant in the jail's intensive voluntary recovery program for opiate-addicted inmates, including the job placement assistance that helped Luz into his cooks position and receiving injections of Vivitrol, a non-narcotic drug that blocks receptors in the brain and bars addicts from getting high off heroin and other opioids for about 25 days, at a cost of about $1,000 a shot. Picture taken August 29, 2014. To match Feature USA-HEROIN/PRISONS/ REUTERS/Brian Snyder
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September 03, 2014
William Luz, who was recently released from the Barnstable County House of Corrections, cooks french...
Sandwich, UNITED STATES
William Luz, who was recently released from the Barnstable County House of Corrections, cooks french...
William Luz, who was recently released from the Barnstable County House of Corrections, cooks french fries at a restaurant in Sandwich, Massachusetts August 29, 2014. Luz is a participant in the jail's intensive voluntary recovery program for opiate-addicted inmates, including the job placement assistance that helped Luz into his cooks position and receiving injections of Vivitrol, a non-narcotic drug that blocks receptors in the brain and bars addicts from getting high off heroin and other opioids for about 25 days, at a cost of about $1,000 a shot. Picture taken August 29, 2014. To match Feature USA-HEROIN/PRISONS/ REUTERS/Brian Snyder
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September 03, 2014
William Luz (R), who was recently released from the Barnstable County House of Corrections, works as...
Sandwich, UNITED STATES
William Luz, who was recently released from the Barnstable County House of Corrections, works as a cook...
William Luz (R), who was recently released from the Barnstable County House of Corrections, works as a cook at a restaurant in Sandwich, Massachusetts August 29, 2014. Luz is a participant in the jail's intensive voluntary recovery program for opiate-addicted inmates, including the job placement assistance that helped Luz into his cooks position and receiving injections of Vivitrol, a non-narcotic drug that blocks receptors in the brain and bars addicts from getting high off of heroin and other opioids for about 25 days, at a cost of about $1,000 a shot. Picture taken August 29, 2014. To match Feature USA-HEROIN/PRISONS/ REUTERS/Brian Snyder
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September 03, 2014
William Luz, who was recently released from the Barnstable County House of Corrections, retrieves ingredients...
Sandwich, UNITED STATES
William Luz, who was recently released from the Barnstable County House of Corrections, retrieves ingredients...
William Luz, who was recently released from the Barnstable County House of Corrections, retrieves ingredients from the walk-in freezer at the restaurant where he is a cook in Sandwich, Massachusetts August 29, 2014. Luz is a participant in the jail's intensive voluntary recovery program for opiate-addicted inmates, including the job placement assistance that helped Luz into his cooks position and receiving injections of Vivitrol, a non-narcotic drug that blocks receptors in the brain and bars addicts from getting high off heroin and other opioids for about 25 days, at a cost of about $1,000 a shot. Picture taken August 29, 2014. To match Feature USA-HEROIN/PRISONS/ REUTERS/Brian Snyder
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