LEBANON, Ohio (AP) — Two women getting monthly opiate-blocking shots through a new court program have told a southwest Ohio judge they are taking control of their lives back from heroin.
Warren County Common Pleas Judge Robert Peeler has been among judges pioneering the injection program in Ohio. Dozens of other judges and corrections officials across the country are also trying the injections in efforts to curb the nation’s surge in heroin use, related crimes and overdose deaths.
A 39-year-old woman who’s in her eighth month of Vivitrol (VIHV’-ih-trohl) shots and a 26-year-old woman in her fourth month both gave Peeler encouraging progress reports Monday. They’ve stayed clean and sober, and are working on rebuilding their lives.
Vivitrol has its skeptics, with some questioning whether it’s effective enough to warrant the time and expense.