Seven Mass. County Jails to Implement Methadone Pilot Programs


By Tori Bedford

A rural jail in Western Massachusetts is set to become the state’s first correctional facility with a methadone clinic for opioid addiction treatment. The license was given as sheriffs in seven counties prepare for a four-year pilot program that will make medications to treat opioid use disorder available in jails across the state. Franklin County Sheriff Christopher Donelan said Tuesday his office received state and federal approvals to establish a methadone clinic at its jail in Greenfield. The jail will soon offer all three federally-approved opioid treatment medications onsite: Suboxone, Vivitrol and methadone.

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