State Officials Hold Roundtable on Medication-Assisted Opioid Treatment

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PLEASANTVILLE, N.J. -

Top State Health and Department of Corrections officials visited an Atlantic County treatment center Monday to learn about a program that is helping those battling an opioid addiction.

The roundtable discussion held at the John Brooks Recovery Center in Pleasantville, on Monday, August 6th, focused on the importance and benefits of providing medication-assisted treatment for those battling the addiction, especially those who may be in jail.

The medication-assisted treatment program at the Atlantic County Jail provides counseling and medication to those who enter the jail battling addiction. And while the program has only been operating about a year, officials say they're seeing success.

"The overall goal of that really is to avoid overdose because some the highest incidents of overdose is when people leave incarcerated settings. So at this point, of the people we've been able to track — and there's been close to 300 people in the last year that have gone through the program — we have not had any overdose," said CEO of John Brooks Recovery Center, Alan Oberman.

The inmates are referred to addiction services programs once they leave the jail.

In addition to the roundtable discussion, New Jersey Health Commissioner Dr. Shereef Elnahal and Department of Corrections Acting Commissioner Marcus Hicks also took a tour of the John Brooks Recovery Center.

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