The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Public Safety are partnering to create a new medication-assisted treatment (MAT) program to reduce the overdose-related deaths of people with an opioid disorder who are re-entering their communities upon leaving prison.

A recent UNC study found that formerly incarcerated people are 40 times more likely to die from an opioid overdose than other North Carolinians. Additionally, they were found to be 74 times more likely to die from a heroin overdose. Risk for overdose is most likely in the first two weeks following their release.

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