22Aug 2016

A New Hope for Sarasota Inmates Who Suffer Opiate Addiction

It might still be fresh from the minds of the people of Florida when Sarasota County Jail’s reputation got dragged into the controversy, about the death of two inmates and a total of 14 overdose cases that were reported earlier this summer. This incident is a proof that there is currently a budding up problem about Opiate addiction with the inmates that has to be tackled and solved in the best effective way.

Sarasota County Jail was formed since 1921, supervised and managed by The Sheriff’s Office, along with the Public Safety Communications – the county’s 911 management and the Nokomis Fire Department. Recently, a new program has been launched for Sarasota County Jail inmates, which aims to help those who suffer from Heroin addiction.

The Sarasota Sheriff’s Office has announced the upcoming launch of another arm to battle addiction in the county, by supporting the program that aims to help the victims survive from the Opiate addiction. Hand in hand with The Drug Court of Florida’s 12th Judicial Circuit, together with Armor Correctional Health services at 4960 SW 72nd Ave # 400, Miami, FL 33155, the new program is expected to roll out in the coming days. This program has been sponsored by the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association to primarily help the Sarasota County Jail inmates get out of the Heroin dependency.

The program aims to administer Vivitrol (naltrexone) on suitable candidates to help treat the addiction. The injection of Vivitrol, along with a substantial period of therapy, will be provided by other agencies to ensure continued survival of the patients. Vivitrol is a monthly injectable medicine to treat patients with the drug problem, by preventing any relapse in patients who have stopped taking the narcotic drug. Vivitrol will help cut the urge or the feeling of need to take heroin. When this program initiates, Sarasota County Jail will be the fourth popular state agency that will offer this medicine.

The Sarasota County Sheriff, Tom Knight, mentioned that they do not believe that mere arresting of the drug victims would never solve the drug issue of the county, instead helping them survive is the key. He further mentioned that this action plan is just part of the entire battle against Opiate addiction which has been a national issue for many years.

For an inmate to be eligible to undergo the program, each has to take a drug testing procedure at The Drug Court, the candidates have to be Heroin-free for a week prior to administering the first dose of Vivitrol, followed by the intensive drug therapy which will be conducted by the joint forces of Cornerstone and Armor Correctional Health Services.

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