To the leaders of our communities and my colleagues in law enforcement: John Lewis once said “If not us, then who? If not now, then when?”
Heroin and prescription opioids have exploded as an epidemic within our communities. Perhaps your community is one of them. You are not alone: local communities across the country are struggling with this unforeseen rampage. Many, many have been hurt—and many have died.
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 win the battle against heroin and prescription opioid addiction and dependency. However, there is a shortage of buprenorphine-trained physicians nationwide, and shortage is most acute in rural areas.
IntegraMedical of North Carolina is deploying mobile medical units (MMUs) to address the desperate need for MAT in these rural and underserved communities. Every month, we will visit your community with a MMU, staffed with trained professionals, to provide MAT and counseling to those who are ready to get help. 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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