Vt. officials introduce another drug to fight addiction

VERMONT (NEWS10) – Officials are adding another drug to their toolbox for fighting opiate addiction.

Officials say the once-a-month injection of naltrexone helps patients overcome addiction to heroin and other opiates by blocking the euphoric effects of those drugs.

Gov. Peter Shumlin is expected to announce the new program on Tuesday.

Vermont Human Services Secretary Hal Cohen told The Associated Press earlier this month that the drug is used with people who have been detoxed from opioids and it can be effective in preventing a relapse into addiction.

Naltrexone is also used to treat alcohol dependency.

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