In Lexington, KY, emergency rooms are increasingly flooded with patients who have suffered opioid-related overdoses. Eighty-two percent of the fatal overdoses in Fayette county involve opioids.
The county has responded by creating several innovative programs to increase access to treatment. This includes providing medication-assisted treatment (MAT) in emergency rooms, with a referral to a long-term care MAT provider.
The only problem: Lexington hospitals don’t have enough high-quality providers to which they can hand off patients.
CleanSlate is addressing this treatment gap with a new physician-led MAT center in Lexington.
“Too many patients in Lexington can’t maintain recovery upon release from the ER because they aren’t receiving medication for their disease,” said Anthony Belott, CleanSlate's Chief Development Officer. “What ensues is a cycle of relapse and despair. We’re grateful to the Lexington community for welcoming CleanSlate so warmly so that together we can help patients reclaim hope.”
“Unfortunately, in this area, people have been discharged from one place or another because of just one dirty screen, so they’re afraid or too ashamed to pick up the phone and call someplace new," said Mike Pickett, Center Manager of CleanSlate Lexington. "This could be the best day of their life, and they don’t even know it."
Located at 1500 Leestown Rd., Suite 110, CleanSlate’s outpatient center to treat opioid and alcohol addictions will open its doors to patients on March 26th. CleanSlate participates in-network with most Medicaid and commercial providers in Kentucky so that Lexington patients can be treated with minimal or no financial burden.Read More