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Research shows that providing education and treatment to justice-involved individuals with a substance use disorder reduces drug use and crime after release. Kentucky has limited organized substance use disorder support systems for justice-involved individuals.  

Funding was awarded to five local health departments to focus on drug overdose and naloxone education, life skills training, and linkages to substance use disorder treatment and services after release.

With CDC collaborative input, goals of the Jail Education Programs are to: 1) decrease drug overdoses and deaths; 2) increase initiation of medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder; 3) enhance knowledge of substance use disorder treatment options at the community level; and 4) distribute and track naloxone after release.