At least 1,000 inmates at the Camden County Correctional Facility will receive medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid-use disorder in the coming year thanks to a $7oo,000 grant from the New Jersey Department of Human Services. MAT combines behavioral therapy with medications that relieve withdrawal symptoms and cravings for opioids and other drugs.
The Camden County Department of Corrections will work with the state Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services to expand the use of MAT in the facility.
“When nationwide, 75 percent of individuals suffering from substance-use disorder relapse within three months of being released, it’s no wonder that recidivism and overdose rates are so high,” said Freeholder Jonathan Young, liaison to the CCDOC. “By beginning treatment prior to release, we can dramatically reduce the likelihood of relapse and accidental overdose for those reentering the community. It also gives us an opportunity to intervene, direct them to support services, and hopefully help end the cycle of substance abuse.”
The CCDOC will also implement a comprehensive strategy to monitor the MAT implementation, as well as to track program outcomes and impacts as they pertain to continuity of care, rearrests, reincarceration and overdose rates.