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Clearfield County Jail facing rising expense

Clearfield – Another rising jail expense was discussed at the Clearfield County Prison Board meeting Tuesday.

In the last three months, more than $27,000 has been spent on Sublocade, a medication-assisted treatment option for drug-addicted inmates.

Jail Warden David Kessling reported that Sublocade is administered by a shot, is given less frequently, but is considered more effective than Suboxone.

Kessling also reported to the board that under a federal mandate, the jail is required to provide medication-assisted treatment or it could face a lawsuit.

Help may be on the way to help fund the program since Clearfield County is expected to receive $400,000 from the statewide opioid settlement by the end of the year.