Huther Doyle recently announced the expansion of its medication-assisted treatment clinic, along with its commitment to provide same-day rapid access to substance use evaluation and referral to the level of treatment each client needs to successfully begin their recovery journey.
Kelly Reed, president and CEO; Timothy Wiegand, medical director; and Peter Pecor, board chairman, invited the community to join them for a ribbon-cutting ceremony and tour of the newly renovated MAT clinic and treatment facility.
Local and state officials attended the ceremony, including State Sen. Rich Funke, R-55th District, and Sandra Doorley, district attorney.
Local and national news sources report regularly on the magnitude of the U.S. drug abuse epidemic. Eric Hargan, U.S. secretary of health and human services, declared a nationwide public health emergency in October 2017 regarding the opioid crisis, which is now the fifth leading cause of death for people in their 20s.
Last year, 169 Monroe County residents ages 20-76 died from an opioid overdose. According to the latest statistics available for Monroe County, there have been 356 heroin overdoses through April 30, 2018, 51 of which were fatal. During this same time period in 2017, Monroe County had 142 reported overdoses, 29 of them fatal.
“The problem is growing,” Pecor said. “Overdoses and fatalities have occurred throughout all areas of our community, and have shattered countless lives — not only the lives of those struggling with addiction, but of their families and friends as well.”
Weigand is board-certified in addiction medicine. He is known locally, nationally and internationally as an expert in the field of toxicology. He leads a team of doctors and other medical professionals at Huther Doyle in offering medication therapy as a supplemental treatment to individuals engaged in outpatient treatment therapy. Huther Doyle now offers expanded access for same-day and walk-in assessments, as well as expanded MAT options for several classes of substances, including heroin, cocaine, alcohol and nicotine.
“Huther Doyle has the history, experience and resources to make a difference in the opiate crisis,” Reed said. “Those affected by substance use disorder need and deserve a response that is reflective of the urgency they feel once they are ready to receive help. We look forward to better meeting the needs of our community and, most importantly, our current and future clients with the implementation of these service expansions.”