Partnering to launch Opioid Treatment Networks
The opioid epidemic is considered the worst human made epidemic in history. In 2016, there were 694 deaths from opioids in Washington State, 1,451 opioid overdose hospitalizations and 14,389 opioid substance abuse treatment admissions. Most of those deaths were from prescription opioids. We can do better.
SWACH recently teamed up with PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center and Lifeline Connections in Clark County and Klickitat Valley Health in Klickitat County to support these partners in securing over $800,000 in grant funding to launch Opioid Treatment Networks (OTNs) in the region.
These OTNs will increase availability of evidence-based Medically Assisted Therapies (MAT), including Suboxone. People who are ready for recovery will now have access to medication while in hospital. We are working toward a “no wrong door” policy in which those in need of MAT can gain low barrier access to these essential treatment resources in diverse settings. Treatment initiation is followed by a warm handoff to treatment professionals who can provide ongoing, low barrier medication assisted recovery supports.
Community and clinical stakeholders are invited to join us in this effort to have a significant and sustained impact on our opioid impacted patients.
If you would like to learn more or become part of the team that facilitates these changes, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org