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Save Lives: Dispose Leftover Meds on National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, April 27th

by Michael Petersen | Apr 19, 2019

The family medicine cabinet can be a death trap.

Old prescriptions for dad’s back spasms, mom’s sleeping pills, and a grab-bag of other leftover medications can be a temptation for curious teens. Sometimes, this ends in an overdose.

But it’s not just kids who are vulnerable to prescription drug misuse. According to the 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, six million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs, with the majority of abused prescription drugs obtained from family and friends. These drugs often came from the home medicine cabinet.

The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, sponsored by the DEA, addresses this crucial public safety and public health issue.

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Battle Against Opioid Epidemic in Kenosha County, Wisconsin Gets More Reinforcements with CleanSlate’s New Center for Medication-Assisted Treatment

by Michael Petersen | Apr 2, 2019

The opioid epidemic has been keenly felt in Kenosha County, Wisconsin, which ranks first out of 72 state counties for heroin-related deaths and hospital encounters involving heroin. After Milwaukee, Kenosha is the city with the next highest opiate deaths per capita in the state, with a 388% increase in overdose deaths in 2017 over the previous eight years.

But as with so many areas around the country, addiction treatment resources are scarce in Kenosha County. This is especially true when it comes to high-quality outpatient services for medication-assisted treatment (MAT).

CleanSlate Outpatient Addiction Medicine is addressing this deficit by opening a second MAT center in the area, located at 7201 Green Bay Road, Suite D, where staff began seeing patients last week. CleanSlate participates in-network with most Medicaid and commercial providers in the state of Wisconsin so that patients can be treated with minimal or no financial burden.

“Kenosha County leaders have been doing important work to battle the opioid epidemic, and CleanSlate is supporting this fight,” said Anthony Belott, Chief Development Officer of CleanSlate. “Increasing access to MAT services in Kenosha will help us save more lives.”

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CleanSlate Partners with Oakwood Clinical Associates to Bring Wide Range of Addiction Treatment to Kenosha County, Wisconsin

by Michael Petersen | Jan 8, 2019

CleanSlate Centers, a national leader in outpatient addiction medicine, has opened a new medication-assisted treatment center in Salem, Wisconsin. The center, which will treat patients suffering from opioid or alcohol addiction, is located at 24804 75th St., within the offices of Oakwood Clinical Associates, a behavioral consulting clinic which will serve as a partner with CleanSlate in the Salem community.

“We’re grateful to join hands with Oakwood Clinical Associates to battle the opioid epidemic and the disease of addiction in Kenosha County,” said Dana Thomson, Center Manager for CleanSlate in Salem. “Our partnership with Oakwood Clinical Associates will increase the diversity of care which we can offer patients as they fight to save their lives.”

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CleanSlate Targets Area Where Non-Fatal Overdoses are Highest in Milwaukee County for Its Fifth Addiction Treatment Center in Wisconsin

by Michael Petersen | Dec 12, 2018

Greenfield, WI - With the launch of its new center for medication-assisted treatment in Greenfield, CleanSlate Centers, a national leader in addiction medicine, continues to bring desperately needed treatment for opioid and alcohol addictions to the state of Wisconsin. Located at 4848 S. 76th Street, Suite 210, close to the surrounding communities of Greendale, Hales Corners, West Allis and Franklin, CleanSlate’s new outpatient center opens its doors to patients on December 12th.

This marks CleanSlate’s fifth center in Wisconsin and its third center in Milwaukee County, which also include CleanSlate centers in Milwaukee and Glendale. The company opened the center in Southwestern Milwaukee County to increase access to care for local patients who were driving long distances to receive treatment at other CleanSlate centers.

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Law Enforcement is Changing Its Response to the Opioid Epidemic. Here's How.

by Michael Petersen | Dec 5, 2018

As the opioid epidemic has escalated across the country, law enforcement has found itself on the frontlines of a humanitarian disaster. Until recently, officers were never trained and departments were never built to handle the volume, severity and complexity of emergencies connected to a single ongoing crisis like the one that is currently besieging American communities from coast to coast.  

In a medium-size police department, budgets are tight, manpower is limited, and an average officer is already overwhelmed by the amount of calls for service daily. When you add to this officer’s daily shift a half-dozen assists to overdose victims, where officers are called to administer the overdose-reversing drug Narcan (naloxone), an officer’s job becomes substantially more difficult.

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