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July 27, 2018 – Under a new pilot program, some Virginia probationers and inmates nearing release who have a history of opioid addiction are receiving an injection of naltrexone, a drug that blocks the effects of the narcotic.

The Virginia Department of Corrections said its Medication Assisted Treatment Reentry Initiative is intended to provide pre-release treatment and post-release referral, treatment and support for opioid-addicted offenders. Harold Clarke, director of the department, said in a statement Friday, “When offenders come into the system addicted to opioids, it is our responsibility to do all we can to help them return to society free from that addiction.”

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