Assemblymember Marie Waldron secures $10M for Substance Use Treatment Grant Program

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Valley News - Opinion
VALLEY CENTER – On Sept. 7, Assemblymember Marie Waldron, R-Valley Center, acquired $10 million in the state budget to fund the medicated assisted treatment grant program for counties to reduce fatal overdoses of incarcerated individuals in county jails or under supervised release in the community. Medicated assisted treatment is clinically effective in treating substance use, including opioid and alcohol use disorders.In 2018, the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation estimated that approximately 80% of incarcerated individuals had substance abuse disorders and, of these, approximately 26% have substance abuse disorders related to opiate drugs. One in three arrestees in 2018 tested positive for more than one drug in the San Diego region alone. Medication assisted treatment is
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