Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple knows there's no one size fits all approach when it comes to treating opioid and heroin addictions.
Building on the SHARP program, the sheriff announced medication assisted treatment as another tool on Friday at Albany County Correctional Facility.
“We’re trying anything and everything in here," Apple said.
The jail will soon have medications like buprenorphine, methadone, and naltrexone, available for inmates. Officials say these medications will help with painful withdrawals, and protect individuals from overdoses.
“This is a comprehensive approach that will save lives and help people recover in the community,” said Keith Brown, Katal director of Health & Harm Reduction.
This is being made possible thanks to partnerships between the jail and several state and community groups. Sheriff Apple says he was not a fan of the program at first, but his mind changed after speaking with Brown.
Now he hopes the combination of the medications and the SHARP program will help continue to lower the recidivism rate.
“We’re simply just trying to save lives and give people a better opportunity,” Apple said.
Albany County will be one of two upstate jails rolling out these treatment options on Tuesday. The other one is Monroe County jail in Rochester.