Cullman County’s struggle against opioid addiction

Through Wellstone Behavioral Health, formerly Mental Healthcare of Cullman, a pharmaceutical company will be sending a representative to Cullman this month to discuss donating an undetermined amount of Vivitrol to be used at the Cullman County Detention Center and Cullman Regional. The drug is widely used in Florida to treat opioid-addicted individuals who have been through a period of detoxification.

One dose of Vivitrol has been effective in eliminating the urge to use opioids, such as heroin, for up to 30 days. The medicine is also used in treating alcohol abuse, but only after the patient has been free of drugs or alcohol for a prescribed amount of time, said Cullman County District Judge Kim Chaney.

Chaney was among a delegation of officials from the judicial, medical, and law enforcement field who approached a recently formed committee that is addressing mental healthcare needs in the area for help with opioid crisis.