Spectrum is heavily engaged in the ongoing battle to reduce opioid abuse and related fatalities across the country.  The death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman spotlighted what we already knew in the field—that opioid addiction is not limited to the urban core of American culture.

Spectrum’s President & CEO Chuck Faris recently spoke about the effect of opioid abuse across the country.  “It impacts the lives of Americans in every state, in every region, and from every background and walk of life.  Astonishingly, it is the field of addiction treatment that is one of the first to see budgets underfunded and even cut despite the needs of individuals with addictions.

To that point, Mr. Faris recently testified in front of the Massachusetts Special Committee on Drug Abuse and Treatment Options.  “There are 30,000 admissions a year for detox, but only 400 post-detox stepdown beds and 2,200 beds for residential care in the state.”  He called for lawmakers to reverse the proposed $3 million cuts to the Department of Public Health's Bureau of Substance Abuse Services for fiscal 2015. “Patients become frustrated waiting for authorizations and end up foregoing treatment,” he concluded. 

As an organization, Spectrum is pursuing additional treatment locations to help address the gross unmet need for opioid treatment.  Spectrum will open the doors to its ninth outpatient treatment center later this spring.  Outpatient centers specialize in providing much needed medication-assisted treatment for the growing number of individuals with opioid addictions. 

Based in Worcester, Massachusetts, Spectrum Health Systems, Inc. is a private, not-for-profit substance abuse and mental health treatment provider. The organization currently treats 45,000 individuals each year through more than 125 programs in community-based settings and correctional institutions throughout Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Georgia, Tennessee, Iowa, Maine and Washington State.

 

 

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