"I was arrested 27 times," Matthews said. "More than half of those arrests were drug related."
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Matthews said Vivitrol is so powerful that if he were to try heroin, he might overdose without even feeling high. Which is why he wears a dog tag so if he's ever in an accident, emergency crews know that regular pain killers that contain opiates won't work on him.
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"I look at it like this," Matthews said; "I could decide 30 times a day not to use or once every 30 days not to use."
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Last December, he became a candidate for Vivitrol: a prescription drug designed to reduce the craving to use heroin. The drug has been piloted in a number of counties in California and has stretched across the country.
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jumped in line to pilot Vivitrol, it has five active participants who can get an injection once a month.
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