Opioid abuse is Tennessee’s number one public health crisis. In 2014, more people died from opioid overdoses then in car accidents or by guns. It not only resulted in over 1,200 deaths (129) in Nashville/Davidson County, but in countless problems including drug addicted babies.
While Tennessee is launching many programs to better monitor prescription opioid drugs, it is important that we invest in treatment programs to help individuals, many of whom want to end their addiction. Almost as many individuals are requesting treatment for addiction to prescription drugs as are requesting treatment for alcohol addiction.
Neighborhood Health began its Medication Assisted Treatment Program in July, an out-patient treatment program that includes physician management as well as multiple sources of counseling and support. They are also able to assist participants with the costs of the very expensive medications.
Since beginning the program, Neighborhood Health has accepted 17 individuals. They expect to assist over 50 individuals in this first year. For more information: Call (615) 227-3000 and ask for information about the SOS program.