Drug treatment programs for inmates receive state grants

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – More than $3 million has been awarded to provide heroin and prescription drug abuse treatment for Kentucky jail inmates and for an injectable treatment designed to prevent relapse as offenders leave custody.

Gov. Steve Beshear’s office said this week the funds are part of the $10 million authorized by the legislature this year to curb the rise in heroin use and opioid addiction.

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Programs receiving funding include Boyd, Casey, Daviess, Fayette, Kenton, Laurel, Mason, Montgomery and Pulaski counties and Louisville Metro.

Some of the jails will launch new substance abuse treatment programs, with others expanding existing treatment programs. Some programs will also provide the injectable treatment.

A total of $1.5 million will be allocated to the jail programs. Another $1.5 million will be used for injectable treatment in state prisons.

 

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