Green Bay, Wisconsin, is known nationwide as the smallest city to host a National Football League team. And while most people know of the city’s sports prowess, few are aware of how opioid addiction has plagued Brown County in recent years.
In 2017, Brown County experienced 41 drug-related deaths. More than 4% of the population aged 12 or older reported non-medical use of pain relievers, and more than 2% reported drug dependence. These numbers are in line with national averages.
Wisconsin continues to struggle statewide with defense against the opioid epidemic. In the first quarter of 2019, the state experienced 200 opioid-related deaths and 775 inpatient and emergency room visits. The state has worked to open additional alcohol treatment and drug rehab centers in recent years, yet still less than 2% of all substance abuse treatment facilities offer some medication-assisted treatment.
Wisconsin is improving its opioid misuse outcomes, but there is still a lot of work to be done. We can’t normalize the deaths of people suffering from this terrible disease, said Rebecka Heldt, center manager for CleanSlate Green Bay. No two recovery journeys are the same. What works for one person might not work for another, which is why it is so important for us to work together as a community to raise awareness of treatment options and improve access.
CleanSlate’s new Green Bay addiction treatment center, located at 2960 Allied Street, hopes to bring relief to patients suffering from addiction and combat the misperceptions that often accompany medication-assisted treatment. Medication-assisted treatment combines behavioral therapy and medications to treat substance use disorders and is approved by the FDA as a safe and effective treatment option.
CleanSlate was founded in 2009 in response to the country’s growing opioid epidemic. Over the past decade, the company has treated more than 50,000 patients in 11 states. Earlier this month CleanSlate opened a center in Janesville, Wisconsin.
CleanSlate Green Bay is accepting new patients. Those interested should call the center at 833-505-HOPE to schedule an appointment.
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