In Madison, Wisconsin’s second largest and capital city, opioid addiction rates are at crisis levels, outpacing the number of high-quality addiction providers who can provide treatment.
CleanSlate is addressing this provider shortage with a new medication-assisted treatment (MAT) center in Madison, the company’s eighth MAT facility in Wisconsin. CleanSlate’s new outpatient center, located at 579 D'Onofrio, Suite 1, opened its doors to patients last week.
“In Wisconsin, as in the 10 other states where we operate, CleanSlate is laser focused on increasing access to high quality addiction treatment,” said Anthony Belott, Chief Development Officer of CleanSlate. “Wisconsin has devoted significant resources and attention to the epidemic of addiction ravaging the state, and CleanSlate is eager to expand our support of this life-saving effort.”
Valiant state efforts showing progress, but more needed
Approximately 2.7 million opioid prescriptions were dispensed in Wisconsin during the first three quarters of 2018, down from about 3.1 million during the same period in 2017 - but still at staggering levels. According to state officials, more than 172,000 people — greater than the populations of Eau Claire, Janesville and Wausau combined — continue to misuse opioids. Nearly a quarter of them aren’t getting the treatment they need.
Wisconsin’s spending to address the opioid epidemic, derived largely from federal funds, has risen from $5.1 million in 2016 to $24.7 million this year. Among the new efforts: a Wisconsin Addiction Recovery Helpline, at 211; $1.3 million allocated to 16 counties, including Dane County, of which Madison is the county seat, to support treatment for the correction re-entry population; and public health alerts issued to counties that see surges in opioid overdoses.
Despite these efforts, Dane County still recorded over 267 overdose deaths in 2018, which corresponds to a rate of 19 per 100,000. Dane County ranks second for total opiate deaths in Wisconsin, with a correlating mortality rate well above the national average.
“Wisconsin is to be commended for its efforts to combat the opioid epidemic, and the state has certainly increased its total number of addiction treatment providers in recent years,” said Joan Erwin, Vice President of Business Development for CleanSlate. “But state leaders agree that there’s still a shortage of providers delivering quality, evidence-based, outpatient MAT services. CleanSlate is ready to bridge this gap in Madison and help any resident who seeks treatment for their disease.”
“CleanSlate has been warmly welcomed in Wisconsin,” said Belott, “and we’re working closely with partners in all of the communities where we operate across the state. This kind of tight collaboration is critical to address the complex issues involved with addiction. CleanSlate recognizes that it’s only together that we can succeed.”
More than 41,000 patients treated
CleanSlate’s program of care includes appropriate medication treatment prescribed by licensed medical providers, as well as clear accountability, supportive counseling, and care coordination. Over the past decade, CleanSlate has treated more than 41,000 patients, with more than 14,000 patients currently being treated in 11 states. The company continues to expand its services across the country to increase desperately-needed access to outpatient medication treatment for addiction.
To make an appointment at CleanSlate’s Madison center, please call 833-505-4673, or walk into our center at 579 D'Onofrio, Suite 1. To find out more details about this center, click here.
Learn more about CleanSlate at www.cleanslatecenters.com. To schedule an appointment at any CleanSlate center, please visit http://www.cleanslatecenters.com to find the center nearest you. All CleanSlate centers accept walk-ins.
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