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Panama City, FL – Drug rehabilitation expansion

Panama City, FL –

BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WMBB) – Bay County will receive more than $3.5 million from Walgreens in a statewide program opioid regulation.

Payments will be made over a period of 18 years. The county will receive nearly $200,000 per year.

“With opioid prescriptions coming out, it was one of those things where there were a lot of opioid overdoses, too many people were using them and we started the class action lawsuit as Bay County and filed with the state and federal and it is part of the settlement process,” said Bay County Commissioner Doug Moore.

Moore said the money would likely be used for a drug rehabilitation center at the county jail.

“One of the ways we’ve worked with the sheriff is that he’s looking to create something outside of jail that’s less safe but is for people who are trying to do rehab and do better,” Moore said.

Sheriff Tommy Ford said the funding would allow the county jail to expand its rehabilitation center from 60 inmates to 100 to 120 inmates.

“What we’re looking to do is build a vital drug treatment dormitory that would be on the prison grounds, inside the fence,” Ford said. “But because of the classification of these inmates, hardened prison construction wouldn’t have to be very expensive.”

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