SNOW HILL – Inmates with a history of heroin abuse will not be provided with naloxone kits upon their release from jail following a decision by county officials this week.
On Tuesday, the Worcester County Commissioners voted 6-0 not to support an initiative that would have provided at-risk inmates with naloxone kits as they were released from Worcester County Jail. Several commissioners expressed concern about the proposal.
“To me this is sending the wrong message,” Commissioner Joe Mitrecic said. “It really doesn’t make sense.”
Worcester County Health Officer Rebecca Jones approached the commissioners Tuesday seeking approval of a memorandum of understanding between the health department and the Worcester County Jail that would have allowed for the distribution of naloxone kits to inmates. Naloxone is a medication used to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose.