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Grundy County Jail begins offering Vivitrol treatment option

MORRIS – Following its partnership with Family Guidance Centers, Inc., Grundy County announced Friday that it would begin offering a Vivitrol Treatment Program in the county jail.

People who enter the Grundy County Jail and request assistance with a heroin or other opioid substance abuse addiction will be elgibile for the treatment.

“We’ve learned we cannot arrest our way out of the heroin epidemic that continues to spread," Grundy County Sheriff Ken Briley said. "Each and every day we are working hard to combat this problem and hope by adding additional resources, programs, and assistance, we can start saving lives and help."

Resources will also be made available to individuals entering the Grundy County Jail who request assistance with other forms of substance abuse.

This treatment and educational component introduced in the jail will include information on substance abuse disorder assessments and related medical screenings, the administration and use of Vivitrol, as well as the required substance abuse counseling provided while on Vivitrol, according to a press release from the Grundy Couny Sheriff's Office.

Family Guidance Center doctors and nurses will be providing the education and treatment.

Upon completion of the educational component, eligible individuals will be appropriately screened by Family Guidance Centers clinical and medical staff prior to a Vivitrol injection. Vivitrol is known to be effective for 30 days.

Vivitrol is an extended release formulation of naltrexone designed to be administered by intramuscular injection every four weeks, or once a month, for individuals abusing opiates including heroin.

Briley is also reminding peope about a free Spring Heroin/Opioid Forum event - “Heroin in Our Community” - scheduled for 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 13 at the Coal City Public Library, located at 85 North Garfield St., Coal City.

For more information on the upcoming Spring Heroin/Opioid Forum, or to register, contact the Coal City Library ay 815-634-4552. Registration is appreciated to accommodate seating.

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