Lake County Jail, courts advance use of new addiction treatment program

Lake County officials are advancing a new treatment program through the jail to combat the opioid epidemic.

The Lake County Jail and court system have started implementing a drug treatment program for people addicted to opioids and alcohol to help aid recidivism and treat the growing epidemic in Northwest Indiana.

“Our duty as public servants is to do something,” said Lake County Sheriff Oscar Martinez Jr. “I think we’re doing that.”

Dr. William Forgey, of Correctional Health Indiana and manages jail medical operations, said the jail has two options for the treatment, the injectable medication Vivtrol and a pill version called naltrexone. The doctor said the treatments are similar to a long-acting Narcan.