NH prison begins offering injectable opioid addiction recovery drug
CONCORD (AP) — New Hampshire's prison system is now offering an injectable addiction recovery drug to certain inmates as they prepare to re-enter society.
A female inmate who will be released this week is the state's first prisoner to leave after receiving Vivitrol, an injectable drug that blocks the feelings of pleasure associated with opioid use. The drug, taken by injection once a month, effectively eliminates opioid cravings. It can have side effects as serious as death if a person resumes their drug habits while on Vivitrol.
The prison system began offering a daily pill that works similarly, called Revia, to inmates last fall.
Alkermes, the drug company that makes Vivitrol, is providing one-time doses of the drug to the state Department of Corrections for free.