Massachusetts has the seventh-highest rate of opioid-related overdoses in the United States. The Massachusetts Department of Health recently reported the deadly synthetic opioid fentanyl was found in nine out of every 10 opioid-related deaths in 2018. Additionally, 4.6% of all state residents over the age of 11 about 275,000 people had an opioid use disorder in 2015, according to research published in the American Journal of Public Health.

Community Health Programs, a Federally Qualified Health Center that receives funds from the Health Resources and Services Administration Health Center Program, recently approached CleanSlate about opening a center in Berkshire County to help combat these harrowing statistics.

The new CleanSlate Center in North Adams is located within the medical office building of the Berkshire Medical Center satellite emergency room at 77 Hospital Avenue, Suite 107.

The opioid epidemic we hear about on the news is not a distant crisis. This is a problem occurring in our own backyards, said Flora Sadri, regional medical director for CleanSlate. This is affecting our family, friends, neighbors and coworkers.

The study also found rural areas had higher instances of opioid use disorder, including 6% of Berkshire County residents. The study uncovered an even more alarming statistic: fewer than 50 percent of people with an opioid use disorder were known to the health care system.

Addiction is a disease that can be treated. Identifying and reaching out to individuals battling opioid addiction is a crucial first step in providing the treatment they need, said Sadri. The fact that we’re missing more than half of the individuals who need help is an important call to action: We must continue expanding access to care. We are ready to meet the residents of Berkshire County wherever they are on their recovery journey and support them with quality treatment.

Providing quality treatment to Massachusetts residents

CleanSlate was founded in 2009 in response to the country’s growing opioid epidemic. Its physician-led offices provide evidenced-based care and treatment utilizing integrated medical and behavioral health services and individualized treatment plans. The CleanSlate treatment model is designed to be inclusive and considerate of the unique needs of each patient, focusing on addressing the needs of the whole person as they work toward long-term recovery.

The company is actively growing its footprint to expand much-needed access to outpatient medication treatment for addiction and now has 70 centers across the country. Over the past decade, the company has treated more than 47,000 patients in 11 states.

To make an appointment at CleanSlate’s North Adams addiction treatment center, please call 413-346-2544, or walk into our center at 77 Hospital Avenue, Suite 107. Learn more about other CleanSlate clinics in Massachusetts: Pittsfield addiction treatment, Springfield addiction treatment, and Tewksbury addiction treatment centers.

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Joan Erwin

Joan Erwin is the Senior Vice President of Business Development at CleanSlate, a leading national medical group that provides outpatient medication treatment for the chronic disease of addiction, primarily alcohol and opioid use disorders.