Two western Massachusetts sheriffs’ offices are receiving $1.5 million federal dollars to fight the opioid epidemic.
The federal grant will help fund the Franklin County and Hampshire county sheriffs’ offices medically-assisted treatment programs for addicted inmates.
The Franklin county Sheriff’s Office will receive 25% of the $1.5 million Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration grant.
The Franklin County Sheriff’s office will use the funding to purchase suboxone, hire counselors and medical staff, and gather data for their medically-assisted treatment program.
More than 40% of the inmates at the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office have heroin addictions.
Prison detox is one of the most agonizing things for a person to go through, ” said Franklin County Sheriff Christopher Donelan. “So instead of detoxing and being thrown out onto the street, these guys are actually being support medically with their detox.”
Donelan told 22News 208 inmates received suboxone and were released back into the community stable since the program started 2 years ago.
Donelan said the Hampshire County sheriff’s office are receiving more money in order to start their own medically-assisted treatment program.