DCSO Looking To Reduce The Number Of Overdose Deaths Among Released Inmates

(Juneau) The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office is aiming to reduce the number of overdose deaths among those being released from their custody. The agency is partnering with the Badger State Sheriff’s Association to participate in the Jail Inmate Narcan Education Program.

It’s goal is to provide education on overdose identification and community service options, as well as train the public and those incarcerated on the use of Narcan. Upon release, an inmate battling addiction, or their family, will be given a free dose of Narcan at their request after receiving the proper training.

The Bureau of Justice Statistics estimates that 63-percent of all individuals incarcerated in a county jail suffer from some type of substance use disorder. People being released from jail are also at a high risk of overdose-related death. A North Carolina study revealed that people who were formerly incarcerated were 40-times more at risk of death from a drug-related overdose in the first two weeks after release from Jail.

The reason for this is that during their time in jail they do not use narcotic drugs and their tolerance reduces dramatically. The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office says this program is just one of the many initiatives they participate in as their community, state, and country continues to battle opioid and other drug addictions each day.