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Community Partner Spotlight: Jim McClelland, Indiana's "Drug Czar," Takes Aim at the State's Opioid Epidemic

by Ned Pucek | Mar 27, 2018

When Indiana’s Governor, Eric Holcomb, took office in January of 2017, one of his top priorities was battling the state’s opioid epidemic. In fact, given that Indiana deaths caused by opioids have risen 271% from 2010 to 2016, this was one of five pillars of Holcomb’s governing agenda. In pursuit of this mission, the Governor’s first step was appointing Jim McClelland as the inaugural Executive Director for Drug Prevention, Treatment, and Enforcement for the State of Indiana. This new cabinet position reports directly to the Governor and coordinates, aligns, and focuses the efforts of nine state agencies in response to the opioid epidemic. McClelland also chairs the Indiana Commission to Combat Drug Abuse.

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CleanSlate's CEO and Chief Medical Officer to Present at National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit

by Anthony Belott | Mar 23, 2018

Two senior executives of CleanSlate, a national leader in outpatient addiction medicine, will speak at the 2018 National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summitthe largest national collaboration of federal, state and local professionals seeking to address prescription drug and opioid abuse, misuse and diversion. CleanSlate is also a Gold Level Sponsor.

The Rx Summit runs from April 2nd through April 5th at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta.  

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CleanSlate Opens Jacksonville Center to Expand Medication Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder

by Shanna Belott | Mar 9, 2018

National Medical Group Opens Fifth Location in Florida to Fight Addiction Epidemic

Jacksonville, Fl. CleanSlate announced today the opening of its fifth outpatient addiction treatment medical facility in Florida to combat the deadly opioid addiction epidemic and save lives. The new center is located at 1128 N. Laura St. in Jacksonville and opened its doors to patients on March 5th. 

“No state has been unscathed by this deadly epidemic, but Florida has been hit particularly hard,” said Adam McPhee, CleanSlate’s President of Operations, Eastern Division. “We’re looking forward to working closely with Jacksonville’s Mayor, Lenny Curry, and other community leaders to provide life-saving treatment to those who need it.”

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The Facts About Medication Treatment for Opioid Addiction

by Kelly J. Clark, MD | Mar 6, 2018

As the opioid epidemic devastates every corner of this country, there’s a reason that medication-assisted treatment (MAT) has been getting more and more attention by the media and policymakers:  

It works.

But misunderstandings around MAT persist. This starts with the term MAT itself, based on the idea that medication is an assistance to other, primary forms of treatment for addiction, such as counseling. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration recently clarified this view with a new recommendation stating that patients with opioid use disorder (OUD) should be given access to the three FDA-approved medications: methadone, buprenorphine or naltrexone. SAMHSA, which is part of the U.S. Health and Human Services Department, is clear on this point: “It is not sound medical practice to deny people with OUD access to FDA-approved medications for their illness.”

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Philadelphia Mayor and Other Special Guests to Speak at Grand Opening of CleanSlate's Philadelphia Center on Feb. 21st

by Adam McPhee | Feb 14, 2018

This Wed., Feb. 21st, CleanSlate will proudly welcome a group of special guests along with members of the community at the grand opening event for our new center in South Philadelphia. Philadelphia Mayor James Kenney and other dignitaries will speak about the significance of CleanSlate's office-based opioid treatment program in a city that has been particularly devastated by the opioid crisis.

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The Economic Costs of the Opioid Epidemic Means We Invest Now or Pay Later

by Greg Marotta | Jan 22, 2018
The patrol officer drove up behind the SUV that had pulled to the shoulder of I-4 in Central Florida, its hazard lights blinking, engine still running. He assumed the problem was a disabled vehicle, but then noticed the passenger door open, a figure apparently leaning against the side of the car. Then another figure, in the grass nearby, also motionless.

The figures were Daniel Kelsey, 32, and Heather Kelsey, 30, both dead from an overdose of fentanyl, a drug 50 times more potent than heroin.

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Pennsylvania's Newly Declared Disaster Emergency Raises Hopes in Hard-Hit Philadelphia

by Greg Marotta | Jan 19, 2018

Disaster emergencies used to be declared for extraordinary catastrophes like wildfires or terrorist attacks. Now they’re declared for out of control overdose deaths.

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In Massachusetts, Progress with Reducing Overdoses Related to the Opioid Epidemic Has a Catch

by Greg Marotta | Dec 28, 2017

Amidst the daily drumbeat of tragedy wrought by the opioid epidemic, the faint sound of occasional progress offers hope. But nothing is easy with this complex public health crisis, and even promising advancements in saving lives don't always tell the whole story.

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While Wisconsin Faces the Opioid Epidemic, it’s also Battling a Different Addiction

by Greg Marotta | Dec 8, 2017

A few nights ago, I was proud to attend the ribbon cutting event for CleanSlate’s new medication-assisted treatment (MAT) center in Milwaukee. Given that Milwaukee, like every corner of America, is besieged by the opioid epidemic, perhaps it wasn’t surprising that three news stations covered the event. Cities are starving for signs of progress, and CleanSlate is quickly opening centers across the country (33 and counting) to help desperate patients suffering from the disease of Opioid Use Disorder (OUD). What makes CleanSlate’s outpatient model so exciting is that we can deliver evidence-based, quality care at scale, and can quickly ramp up to have a major impact on the communities we serve. That’s good news worth covering.

But Wisconsin has another major problem with substance use disorders that gets less attention than opioids: alcoholism.

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People Thought Zika was Florida’s Worst Nightmare. But it was Something Else.

by Greg Marotta | Dec 1, 2017

Last year, the scary Florida headlines that made international news were all about the dreaded Zika virus. When Zika was discovered in Miami’s hip Wynwood neighborhood, the world panicked and the local economy began taking a dive. Hotel bookings, airfares, local merchants - much of South Florida’s business artery took a hit as visitors began staying away.

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