The Substance Abuse Department offers general population classes to other sentenced populations in the facility aside from participants in the S.T.O.P or Short S.T.O.P. programs. The core curriculum consists of substance abuse education, domestic violence awareness, anger management, criminal thinking, recovery maintenance, and reintegration.
The Substance Abuse Department takes addiction treatment very seriously here at Worcester County Jail & House of Correction; presently, there were 2,290 confirmed and estimated opioid-related overdose deaths in 2021, an estimated 185 more deaths than the prior year. Preliminary data from the first three months of 2022 show there were 551 confirmed and estimated opioid-related overdose deaths, a 4 percent decrease (an estimated 24 fewer deaths) than the same time last year.
Fentanyl remains a persistent factor in opioid-related overdose deaths in Massachusetts. Preliminary data show fentanyl was present at a rate of 93 percent where a toxicology report was available. The presence of fentanyl has increased about 1 percent per quarter since 2016, including in the pre-pandemic period from 2017 to 2019 when opioid-related overdose deaths in Massachusetts were on the decline.