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Monroe County Jail implementing drug treatment units

January 17, 2019 01:48 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) - The Monroe County Jail is implementing a new way to combat the opioid epidemic in our community.

Two medication-assisted treatment units have been added. Inmates with substance abuse issues will be able to combine behavioral therapy with medication and counseling. The focus will be on recovery. 

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Sheriff Todd Baxter says this is a significant step to combat the opioid epidemic. 

News10NBC spoke with some of the inmates about the program. They are hopeful it will help them to avoid relapsing once they are released.

"It's a great opportunity to change our lives and show the community that the youth can be something in life and change the world," participant Miguel Reyes said.

"I do feel like it's a benefit coming into here, getting the treatment so that when you leave, you're more protected," Thomas St. John, another participant said.

The units will be used starting Tuesday, Jan. 22.

They were funded by a more than quarter million dollar grant from the University of Baltimore. The Monroe County Sheriff's Office was one of 12 agencies across the country to get the grant. 

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