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Pennsylvania Association of

Community Health Centers

Supporting Pennsylvania's health centers in increasing access to quality primary health care for all

Opiate Use Disorder

PACHC Joins Forces with State and Community Partners to Fight Opioid Epidemic.

 

Opioid Command Center

 

PACHC is working in collaboration with the PA Dept. of Health, PA Dept. of Human Services and PA Dept. of Drug & Alcohol Programs to combat the opioid crisis in response to the governor’s opioid epidemic disaster declaration.

Pennsylvania has a growing pool of resources for you or a loved one struggling with a Substance Use Disorder.

If you need immediate assistance with finding a treatment provider or how to pay for addiction treatment, please call 1-800- 662-HELP (4357).  This number is a confidential, free, 24-hour-a-day, 365-day-a-year, information service, in English and Spanish, for individuals and family members facing mental and/or substance use disorders. This service provides referrals to local treatment facilities, support groups, and community-based organizations.  You can also contact your local County Services Provider.

Community health centers offer treatment for Substance Use Disorders including Medicated Assisted Treatment. Most health centers are providing either Behavioral Health services or Substance Use Disorder treatment – or BOTH! To find a health center near you providing these services, please click here.

Currently, there are six FQHC Centers of Excellence (COE) that help to ensure people with an opioid-related substance use disorder stay in treatment, maintain follow-up care and are supported within their communities.

The following FQHCS are Centers of Excellence! Please visit each website to learn more. (can we include a picture above or below each link of the heath center or staff)?

Community Health and Dental Care – Pottstown, PA

Family First Health – York, PA

Hamilton Health Center – Harrisburg, PA

Mon Valley Primary Care – Monessen, PA

Neighborhood Health Centers of the Lehigh Valley – Allentown, PA

Philadelphia Health Management Corporation – Philadelphia, PA

What is Medicated Assisted Treatment (MAT)?

MAT is the use of medications with counseling and behavioral therapies to treat substance use disorders and work to prevent opioid overdoses. MAT is primarily used for the treatment of addiction to opioids such as heroin and prescription pain relievers that contain opiates.

Search this list to find a health center providing MAT and the various treatments they prescribe for Substance Use Disorders. (Virtual Map Coming Soon)

Here is a brief description of each type of MAT:

Buprenorphine also known as Suboxone: Used to treat dependence/addiction to opioids (narcotics), Buprenorphine belongs to a class of drugs called mixed opioid agonist-antagonists. It is comprised of two drugs buprenorphine and naloxone. It helps prevent withdrawal symptoms caused by stopping other opioids.

Subutex: Used in patients who cannot tolerate the presence of naloxone and also prescribed to pregnant women who have an Opioid Use Disorder.

Sublocade: Designed to release buprenorphine at a controlled rate over a 30-day period through a monthly injection you receive from a licensed provider.

Naltrexone: Belongs to a category of drugs known as antagonists to prevent opiate events and reduce cravings. This medication can be taken orally or monthly via injection from a licensed provider. This medication is also used to treat Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD).