KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Some Knox County inmates who are hooked on heroin or other opioids are going to get drug injections to help them stay clean when they leave jail.

The Knoxville News Sentinel reports ( ) that inmates could be given injections of Vivitrol as early as next week. Vivitrol blocks the euphoric feeling of opioids like OxyContin and hydrocodone for about 28 days.

The "Shot at Life" drug diversion program will only be offered to a limited number of qualified people facing lower-level charges.

The cost of the drug is $1,100 per dose. The program, however, will be funded by a $150,000 grant from the Trinity Health Foundation of East Tennessee. Alkermes, the drug company that makes Vivitrol, is donating 360 doses to the program.

Information from: Knoxville News Sentinel,

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