UPDATE: New Options for Prescription Drug Addicts Discussed at Town Hall Meeting

By: Andrew Colegrove, Bill Murray Email
By: Andrew Colegrove, Bill Murray Email

UPDATE 3/20/12 @ 11 p.m.
PORTSMOUTH, Ohio (WSAZ) -- In southeastern Ohio, they're hoping a big part of the next step in their war on drugs will be a new drug that helps block the ability to get high.

Garret Maloney was murdered last year over his involvement with drugs. His mother Traci joined the Solace group, which showed up to the meeting at Shawnee State University to show support for a new weapon in their fight against addiction.

“We’re just trying to do anything we can to save another life so another family won't have to go through what we've been through," she said.

A panel of doctors and members of the Portsmouth City Health Department discussed the new program to try and help addicts.

An injection of Vivitrol has been proven in some cases to erase the craving to get high and stop the ability to get high from pain pills.

Courtney Rose has been on different versions of Vivitrol for two years. She says it gave her a new desire to stay clean.

"Will this work for everyone? No,” she said to the audience at the Shawnee State library. “Will it work for many? I believe so."

If people on Vivitrol are in legitimate need of pain medicine, there are special things their doctor would need to do to manage that pain since Vivitrol blocks pain medicine's effects.

Vivitrol is covered by most major health insurance providers. It's available if you have a medical card.

For more information, contact Bobbi Bratchett at the Portsmouth City Health Department at 740-353-8863 ext. 250.

PORTSMOUTH, Ohio (WSAZ) -- A town hall meeting hosted by Portsmouth City Health Department will begin at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 20.

The educational Q&A seminar will focus on VIVITROL as a treatment option for alcohol and opiate addictions. The meeting will be held at the library at Shawnee State University.

"VIVITROL stops the urge some addicts have to get high," says Lisa Roberts, with the Portsmouth City Health Department. "It blocks the receptors so the desire is no longer there."

The VIVITROL program is a new effort in Scioto County to help give addicts options.

Southern Ohio has been long plagued by prescription drug abuse. More than 10 so-called "pill mills" have been shut down in the past few years.

For more information, contact Bobbi Bratchett at the Portsmouth City Health Department at 740-353-8863 ext. 250.

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