MONTPELIER — The state is launching a new treatment option for recovering opiate addicts.
The pilot program, announced by Gov. Peter Shumlin Tuesday, will support some 350 Vermonters who will use a monthly injection instead of traditional forms of opiate addiction treatment.
Unlike buprenorphine and methadone, the two most commonly used treatments in Vermont, naltrexone is not a substitute for opiates. If someone were to use opiates after getting the naltrexone injection, they wouldn’t experience the high they would normally get.