Lapeer Clinic Helping Fight Opioid Epidemic

Hamilton Community Health Network has begun a partnership with the Lapeer County Jail. Now Lapeer County inmates battling an opioid or alcohol addiction will be eligible to receive Vivitrol, an injectable form of naltrexone that has been successful in helping inmates stay off drugs when they are released.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, nearly 1 in 5 jail and prison inmates regularly used heroin or opioids before being incarcerated.

“Providing treatment to inmates leads to better addiction management once they are back in the community,” explained Dr. Mann, family practitioner at the Hamilton Clinic in Lapeer. Essentially Vivitrol acts as a blocker of the receptors in the brain, preventing a high.”

Inmates will also be able to continue treatment at Hamilton once they are released. If you or someone you know needs help with addiction, contact Hamilton at 810-406-4246 for help.

Stats

  • Opioids include both illegal drugs, such as heroin, and prescription pain medicine. Common opioids include oxycodone, hydrocodone, morphine, methadone and codeine.
  • 2,729 Deaths from Drug Overdoses In 2017, there were more deaths from drug overdoses than car crashes in Michigan.
  • Percentage of adults who are excessive drinkers in each county, men who consume 5+ drinks or women who have 4+ drinks on one occasion at least once a month: 18% Genesee | 21% Lapeer
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