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Why Are We Continuing to Make Life-Saving Addiction Treatment So Hard to Access?

by Greg Marotta | Oct 8, 2019

Amidst a divisive political climate, there’s one issue that every side agrees upon: the urgent need to combat the deadly opioid epidemic.

Last fall, rare bipartisan cooperation resulted in the passage of the SUPPORT Act, a sweeping package of legislation which addresses multiple aspects of this complex crisis, including treatment, recovery and prevention. This political achievement is to be commended. But a fatal oversight in SUPPORT means that more lives will needlessly be lost every day.

Wildfire without water 

Imagine a fast-moving wildfire that is decimating a community. 

Now picture this scenario: before firefighters can race to put out the flames, they must submit to a lengthy bureaucratic process for permission to use their hoses. Once granted, the approval still comes with a caveat: the firefighters are only allowed to save a small number of homes. After that, they must turn off their hoses and watch the rest of the town go up in flames.

This is the current state we’re in when it comes to medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid addiction.

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State Representative Aaron Vega Visits CleanSlate Center in Holyoke, Massachusetts

by Carol Fite Lynn | Oct 8, 2019

State Representative Aaron Vega recently toured the CleanSlate center in Holyoke to learn more about the lifesaving addiction treatment services provided to hundreds of patients. During his visit, Rep. Vega met with several members of the CleanSlate team to discuss the alarming rate of opioid related deaths and what can be done to expand treatment options for those in need.

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Making Strides Against Opioid Addiction in Warren County, Kentucky

by Joan Erwin | Sep 9, 2019

The opioid crisis continues to hit hard in the Bluegrass state. In 2017, Kentucky outpaced the national average rate of opioid-involved deaths by almost double. That same year, drug overdose deaths caused by synthetic opioids increased more than tenfold climbing from 76 to 780 in just a four-year period. Most recently, a 2019 study ranked the state fifth for most overdose deaths per capita.

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Learn How to Detect and Respond to an Overdose in Honor of International Overdose Awareness Day

by Todd Fausnaught, M.D. | Aug 29, 2019

Do you know how to recognize the signs of an overdose? Or what to do if someone is overdosing?

The organizers behind International Overdose Awareness Day want to ensure that you do.

International Overdose Awareness Day is a global event held each year on August 31st to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of a drug-related death. Since its launch in 2001, the global event has also acknowledged the grief felt by families and friends remembering those who have died or had a permanent injury as a result of drug overdose.

Above all, International Overdose Awareness Day aims to reduce overdose deaths by educating people about the signs and symptoms of overdose.

Here’s what everyone should know:

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Hope for Montgomery County: CleanSlate Opens Center in East Dayton, OH

by Joan Erwin | Aug 28, 2019

Accidental drug poisoning became Ohio’s leading cause of death in 2007, claiming more lives than motor vehicle crashes for the first time in the state’s history. Years later, this trend has continued. Ohio has the second highest rate of drug overdose deaths involving opioids in the nation, nearly triple the national average.

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A Pregnant Patient in Recovery Did Everything Right, but Stigma Threatened her Parental Rights

by Rebecca Acevedo | Aug 19, 2019

Ashley’s recovery from opioid addiction was going well.

For more than a year, she had been a responsible patient with us at CleanSlate in Elkhart, Indiana. When Ashley discovered that she was pregnant last October, she became an even more committed patient - coming to double the appointments that she even needed.

Ashley was doing everything right.

And for good reason. Ashley has two other kids, and the Department of Child Services (DCS) had been involved with her family in the past. She was determined to make sure that this baby was born healthy and that DCS had no cause for alarm.

So when Ashley tested positive for methamphetamine at the hospital after the baby was born, we were all floored. Nobody was more shocked than Ashley, who knew for a fact that the results were false. The only medications that she was taking (other than our prescribed addiction medication) was for acid reflux.

DCS informed Ashley that her baby would be required to stay at the hospital until they could conduct a second drug test and assess the blood results.

I was furious when I heard this news.

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We've Been on the Frontlines of the Opioid Epidemic for a Decade. Here are 4 Approaches That Are Working.

by Anthony Belott | Aug 9, 2019

The opioid epidemic has shown some signs of progress over the past few years. Opioid overdose deaths have declined in many states, in part because of decreases in opioid prescriptions and increases in the use of both Narcan to revive overdose victims and medication-assisted treatment (MAT) to treat people with addiction.

But progress comes in very small brushstrokes. The epidemic has hardly stalled, continuing to claim an intolerably high number of lives each year. Opioid addiction currently affects 6 million people in the U.S. Alcohol addiction affects and kills even more people every year than drugs, and polysubstance use and the rise of stimulant use further complicate the response to this deadly crisis.

Since 2009, CleanSlate has been on the frontlines of the opioid epidemic, treating more than 41,000 patients in outpatient centers across 11 states. During that time, we have worked relentlessly to convince public policymakers and healthcare payors to recognize addiction as a chronic brain disease that requires a more expansive approach than punitive and judgmental policies, which only perpetuate the crisis. Over time, we have codified a patients-first approach for our company that increases access to treatment and treats each patient with personalized care.

From our vantage point, here are four key challenges of the opioid epidemic and our approach to solving them:

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Kentucky is #1 in Lawsuits Against Opioid Companies but Lags in Treatment Options. CleanSlate is Changing That Shortage in Owensboro.

by Cory McConnell | Aug 6, 2019

Despite the fact that Kentucky has the fifth highest drug overdose death rate in the U.S., treatment options are scarce, even in the state’s more urban areas. Owensboro may be the fourth largest city in Kentucky, but its residents who suffer from addiction have few places to turn for treatment.

CleanSlate is addressing this shortage with a new outpatient center for medication-assisted treatment (MAT). This marks CleanSlate’s third center in Kentucky, joining others in Louisville, S. Louisville, and Lexington. Located at 3500 Villa Pointe Road, Suite 110, the Owensboro center opens its doors to patients today.

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“Wait Times Can Equal Death:” CleanSlate Expands Addiction Treatment in Cincinnati, Ohio with New Outpatient Center

by Cory McConnell | Jul 29, 2019

Many communities across America have no local treatment options for people suffering from addiction. Cincinnati, Ohio, is not one of those communities. The city has many treatment providers, and yet the numbers are still inadequate to handle the local need in the third largest city in one of states hit hardest by the opioid epidemic.  

Despite the gradual increase of addiction treatment providers in Ohio, many organizations leading the state’s efforts to address the epidemic--including the State Attorney General’s Office and multiple health systems--agree that Cincinnati continues to suffer from a shortage of providers delivering evidence-based, outpatient medication-assisted treatment (MAT) services.

As a response to the continued demand for high-quality outpatient addiction treatment, CleanSlate is expanding its presence in Ohio with a new MAT center in Cincinnati. The center will be opening its doors on July 31st, located at 10475 Reading Road, Suite 206, in the northern part of the city.

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"Relapse" Sounds Like a Bad Word. But Recovery Often Comes with a Slip.

by Todd Fausnaught, M.D. | Jul 19, 2019

"Relapse."

The word implies “failure.” After beginning treatment for their addiction, patients often feel a sense of shame. Some people may resign themselves to their addiction if they don’t immediately succeed in treatment.

Because of the stigma and negative associations attached to the word relapse, much work has been done amongst the addiction community to move away from this term. We're now advocating for other terms, like “recurrence of use.” I prefer using the term "slip."

Whatever you call it, the science is clear that addiction is a chronic brain disease. Most people who attempt recovery will experience at least one slip.

But here’s the good news:

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