Tulsa jail’s opioid detox program a life-saver for addicts

The Tulsa County jail is the first in Oklahoma to offer a medication-assisted treatment program — or opioid replacement therapy — for people who are incarcerated and addicted to opioids. There were 58 patients in January enrolled in the program, known as MAT, after its launch in December.

The Suboxone that Cody referenced is a medication that binds to opiate receptors, blocking the effects as it decreases cravings and withdrawal symptoms. The ultimate goal is to prevent relapse as the brain rewires itself toward normal function, better allowing a person to undergo counseling on a path to recovery.

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