Heroin and prescription opioids have exploded as an epidemic within our communities and across our country. Every day we hear of yet another death tearing families and communities apart.
On October 21, 2015, President Obama issued a Memorandum for an urgent and immediate increase in the availability of medication-assisted treatment (MAT) with buprenorphine (Suboxone®), along with counseling, to our rural and underserved communities to help fight the battle against heroin and prescription opioid addiction and dependency. The United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Burwell has made addressing opioid abuse, dependence, and overdose a priority.
IntegraMedical of North Carolina is answering that call. We are a newly-formed company committed to curbing these alarming trends by deploying mobile medical units (MMUs) to rural and underserved communities throughout North Carolina, staffing those units with medical professionals qualified to provide MAT, and providing counseling to patients requesting help. Though North Carolina is the first state, we foresee rapid expansion into other states plagued with heroin and prescription opioid abuse: Tennessee, Ohio, West Virginia, and others.
In December, 2015, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported some staggering statistics: Deaths from opioid drug overdoses have hit an all-time record in the U.S., rising 14 percent in just one year; more than 47,000 people died from these overdoses last year.
If your community is in the clutches of this epidemic, please contact us about scheduling a MMU in your area. Together, we can decrease the demand for heroin and diverted opioids, reduce overdose deaths, and lower the crime rate associated with those drugs. IntegraMedical of North Carolina: Stopping Addiction. Saving Lives.
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