WEST OLIVE, MI –
Inmates addicted to heroin and prescription opioids could soon receive an overdose-reversing drug on release from Ottawa County Jail.
Ottawa County Community Mental Health recently secured a state grant to hire a full-time specialist who would distribute the drug, Narcan, as well as help inmates navigate addiction treatment and resources.
The hiring proposal goes before the Ottawa County Board of Commissioners on Aug. 27.
The worry with people addicted to opioids leaving jail is that, if they relapse, there’s a possibility that they’ll use the same amount they were using before, said Ottawa County Mental Health Executive Director Lynne Doyle.
Because their tolerance to the drug has diminished during their jail stint, going back to the previous dosage is a recipe for an overdose, sometimes a fatal one, Doyle said.
BY: Michael Kransz