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Pilot Program in New Haven Focuses on Addiction Treatment for Inmates

Jail CellInmates with substance abuse issues face the highest risk of relapse, or fatal overdose, within the first few weeks of being released from incarceration. Research shows that 80 percent of former inmates with opiate dependence issues will relapse within a month of leaving jail.

But a pilot program underway in New Haven is taking a new approach to addiction treatment before an inmate leaves a correctional facility.

From basic needs like housing and income to reconnecting with family and navigating medical care, inmates face a range of challenges after being released from jail… and for addicts that can often lead back to drug use, crime, and prison.

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