Highland News Leader

Grant to address opioid addiction among jail inmates

The Madison County Drug Court has been awarded a grant to start a “Behind the Walls” program to help combat opioid addiction in inmates at the Madison County Jail.

The grant is among those given by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration in the state of Illinois. This grant is part of the Opioid State Targeted Response money dedicated to providing jail-based services. The grant of $540,000 will be shared with McClean County.

“Circuit Judge Kyle Napp is a leader among Drug Court judges in this state, and it is due to her support that Madison County is able to use innovative programs, like this to address the opioid epidemic,” said Third Judicial Circuit Chief Judge David Hylla.

Through the grant, inmates with opioid addiction problems will be provided Vivitrol, the injectable form of Naltrexone, is a medication that slowly releases over a 30-day period and addresses medical compliance issues.

“Our sheriff, John Lakin, is stepping up to the plate and making this all possible by taking on the added responsibility of providing this help to addicted inmates so that once released they don’t return to jail,” Hylla said.

Along with the medication, inmates will also receive recovery coaching and other treatment. If progressing, the inmate may continue to receive Medication Assisted Treatment after release along with other services.

Research over the past many years has shown significant improvements when jails utilize this medical breakthrough. The grant will provide funding for this targeted approach to help end the tragic loss of life resulting from opioid overdoses. This “Behind the Walls” project will be a locally operated program designed to serve the residents of Madison County.