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Ideal Option moves to larger facility in Great Falls

KRTV Great Falls

Ideal Option has been helping people break free from their addictions in Great Falls for years and recently they were able to move to a bigger location at 617 10th Avenue South.

“We’re not going to judge you,” Dawn Underwood, a nurse practitioner at Ideal Option said, “If you walk through the door, this is an open space, non-judgmental, we’re just here to help.”

This is a key motto for Ideal Option, a national addiction center that recently moved to its new location. Ideal Option uses the drug buprenorphine to help treat substance abuse disorders.

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Fentanyl awareness campaign visits local school with drug sniffing dog demo

Central Oregon Daily News

Deschutes County is combatting the fentanyl crisis by raising awareness in local schools.

On Thursday, an entourage of people and a drug-sniffing dog who work on the front lines of the drug problem visited Cascades Academy in Tumalo.

The highlight of the presentation was a visit by K9 Bonny, a drug-sniffing springer spaniel who never stops moving until she finds a filter with an odor of fentanyl in a bookcase, not the actual drug itself.

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‘Life-and-death situation’: C.O. treatment programs discuss impacts of rise in fentanyl addiction, overdoses

KTVZ News

Deschutes County declared a state of emergency Wednesday due to the sharp increase in fentanyl overdoses. As the issue causes more tragic outcomes and draws a brighter spotlight, we took a look at the impacts local treatment centers face.

"Being able to give back -- there's so many people that don't get the opportunity to get recovery, and right now it is a life-and-death situation," Shawnda Jennings, Ideal Option's peer support outreach specialist, said Wednesday.

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Drug treatment clinic in Monroe aims to reach an underserved clientele

The Everett Herald

Josh Morrison meets five to 10 patients daily to help them recover from drug and alcohol addiction. He would like to help more — 30 to 50 patients.

But not enough people know about Ideal Option’s new medication-assisted treatment clinic in Monroe, where Morrison is the onsite provider. The clinic at 101 East Main St. opened in November, three years after the company shuttered another clinic in Monroe’s industrial district due to the pandemic and the clinic’s inaccessible location.

The new downtown clinic is more convenient for Monroe residents, said April Provost, the outreach coordinator for Ideal Option. And it’s on a bus line to provide better access for those outside Monroe who may not have a treatment clinic nearby.

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After grim record in overdose deaths, county seeks change in Olympia

The Everett Herald

April Provost has seen many people recover from opioid addiction. She also knows too many who have died.

Provost, of Everett, has been in recovery for five years. She’s now an outreach coordinator for Ideal Option, a network of medication-assisted treatment clinics.

Provost has seen an already serious problem worsen due to fentanyl. At least 297 people died from overdoses last year in Snohomish County, a 4.2% increase from 2022. The data is incomplete, as the county medical examiner’s office is awaiting more toxicology reports from November and December. May was the deadliest month, with 40 overdoses.

“Barely a week passes and we hear about someone we know who ODs,” she said. “It’s haunting.”

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Marion County eliminating barriers for addiction treatment in jails

Statesman Journal

There were 459 Marion County Jail inmates who started opioid use disorder treatment while in custody this year under a program administered by an outpatient clinic provider.

Employees of the clinic provider, Ideal Option, help inmates get medication-assisted treatment through funding from Ballot Measure 110, Oregon’s Drug Addiction Treatment and Recovery Act.

Medication-assisted treatment is available to anyone who is opioid dependent and tests positive after a drug test. Potential new patients are seen on Mondays and Wednesdays to determine whether the program would be a good fit.

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Newly opened addiction treatment center consolidates two Yakima clinics

Yakima Herald-Republic

Ideal Option, a Kennewick-based addiction treatment provider, has consolidated its two Yakima clinics into one large addiction center that can serve almost twice as many people.

The center, which opened on Dec. 4 and is at 602 N. 39th Ave., has the capacity to see up to 75 patients daily, making it the largest clinic of its kind in the city. The clinic offers treatment for addiction to fentanyl, heroin, methamphetamine, alcohol and other substances.

Ashley Anderson, a peer outreach specialist for Ideal Option, spends most of her time in Yakima and the Tri-Cities working to connect incarcerated individuals, people experiencing homelessness and others with Ideal Option’s services. She said the new Yakima center’s expanded staff and capacity is already being put to use.

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Ideal Option

Paragould Daily Press

The Paragould Regional Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting for Ideal Option on Nov. 29. Ideal Option is dedicated to supporting the community by guiding individuals on their journey to recovery from addiction, providing a comprehensive approach that includes medication, behavioral health services, and valuable community partnerships. Ideal Option is located at 2711 West Kingshighway, Ste. 10, in Paragould and can be contacted at 877-522-1275.

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Ideal Option relocates, triples its capacity to treat patients for substance use in Yakima

Apple Valley News Now

Nearly 100 people died of an overdose in Yakima County last year and those continuing to struggle with substance use are often left with limited treatment options or long waitlists for programs they desperately need.

But with the new changes happening at the outpatient treatment center Ideal Option in Yakima, staff believe they'll be able to make a bigger difference in the community when it comes to supporting people through their journey to recovery.

"We are opening this new clinic after reconsolidation and relocation just to broaden our ability to serve more patients," said Ashley Anderson, a peer outreach specialist at Ideal Option.

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Governor proposes more funding to fight fentanyl crisis

Federal Way Mirror

Gov. Jay Inslee announced on Dec. 4 that he is proposing the addition of $50 million to the statewide budget to deal with the fentanyl crisis harming Washington state’s communities. Some of this funding would come from a recent settlement for $82 million with drug manufacturers and companies for their role in the nationwide opioid crisis.

Fentanyl is a potent synthetic opioid that is driving a spike in overdose deaths and complicating drug treatment.

The budget for combating fentanyl and opioid use in general takes a multi-pronged approach, including education and awareness, community health hubs, harm reduction and treatment access and recovery services.

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A nationwide addiction treatment program opens a new clinic in Baltimore

WMAR

Baltimore has the highest number of drug overdose deaths in the country.

That's according to a nationwide tracker of drug overdoses released by the San Francisco Chronicle.

To combat the problem, a new clinic just opened in the Park Heights neighborhood.

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Lane County Commissioners looking at Measure 110 reform

KEZI

The Lane County Board of County Commissioners voted to make Measure 110 reform a top priority ahead of the next state legislative session.

The motion was passed unanimously at the board’s December 5 meeting. As opposed to repealing the measure, commissioners want to reform it to get back to what it was supposed to do in the first place.

"When the voters passed Measure 110 they really had a specific issue in mind, broadly speaking,” Board of Commissioners chair Pat Farr said. “That was treatment for people who are in crisis. And the way we look at it at the county is that we are looking to add ways to treat people who are in crisis."

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Opening new doors to recovery: Yakima's largest addiction medicine clinic aims to curtail rising overdose death rates

KIMA

A new out-patient substance abuse clinic opened their doors today in Yakima.

"We're here to save lives," said Tyler Vermillion, Ideal Option community outreach coordinator for Eastern Washington.

Ideal Option is a national leader in evidence-based outpatient treatment for substance addiction.

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Ideal Option opens new addiction medicine center in Yakima

NBC

Ideal Option has opened a new addiction medicine center in Yakima.

Ideal Option provides evidence-based outpatient treatment for addiction to fentanyl, heroin, methamphetamine, alcohol and polysubstance and the new center will merge the two existing clinics into one location at 602 N 39th Ave.

“Yakima has been hit particularly hard by the street drug epidemic, so a high-capacity centralized, low-barrier resource like this is desperately needed," said Tyler Vermillion, Ideal Option community outreach coordinator for Eastern Washington.

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Jails across Oregon struggle to treat substance use disorders amid funding challenges and medical staff shortages

Bend Bulletin

Erick Kelly had one month remaining in his sentence for theft at Deer Ridge Correctional Institution in Madras, when a member of the medical staff offered him suboxone, a once-a-month injection prescribed to treat opioid addiction.

Most everyone in his family struggled with substance abuse, and for the first time in the isolation of a 23-hour prison lockdown, Kelly grieved over his father’s death triggered by drugs and alcohol. He wanted to be more present in his own son’s life and decided to get sober.

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New addiction treatment facility opens in Spokane

KHQ News

A new addiction treatment facility is open in Spokane thanks to Ideal Option. This will help those experiencing addiction to alcohol and opioids including fentanyl. They have a capacity to hold up to 100 patients a day.

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Monroe addiction center opens after delays

The Snohomish Tribune

A gap in addiction services for the Sky Valley now is sealed. A company called Ideal Option had its quiet first week in a business center at Lewis and Main streets.

The company focuses on reversing chemical dependency through medicine, counseling and monitoring.
The clinic gives prescriptions to take to a pharmacy. It doesn't administer medication in-house, and isn't a drug injection site.

Ideal Option offers suboxone as well as being able to offer Vivitrol and Sublocade injections later in the recovery process.

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Ideal Option opens new addiction treatment facility in Spokane for alcohol and opioid use

The Spokesman-Review

Ideal Option has opened a new addiction treatment facility in Spokane, expanding its services as more and more Spokane residents experience addiction to alcohol or opioids like fentanyl.

Ideal Option has closed its clinics on Monroe and Washington streets and consolidated its employees and resources into the the new facility at 26 E 5th Avenue. The organization will continue to run its two clinics on Francis Street in north Spokane and in Spokane Valley.

According to community outreach coordinator Tyler Vermillion, the combined capacity of the two closed clinics will only make up a third of what the new facility can handle, with capacity for up to 100 patients a day.

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New addiction treatment center opens in Spokane

KXLY News

Ideal Option opened the largest addiction medicine center in Spokane on Monday. 

According to the Spokane County Department of Health, fentanyl-related overdoses increased 186% between 2020 and 2021. 

This center and staff say they are hoping to make a difference, as the addiction center has the capacity to see 100 patients per day.  

Ideal Option says they will serve anyone in need and is committed to not putting patients on a waitlist. 

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Seattle mayor, 14 others in Washington state join nationwide letter to Congress asking for more opioid crisis funding

KING 5

New addiction treatment center in Monroe

As communities wait for more funding from federal, state, and local agencies, private clinics are helping fill the need. Ideal Option just opened a location in Monroe. April Provost, Community Outreach Coordinator for the clinic, said it is a much-needed resource.

"The community has recognized the need for solutions to the issues we're seeing on our streets every day," Provost said. "It's rampant. It's devasting when you can't take your kids to the park or down by the river because there's glass from broken drug pipes, needles, pieces of foil."

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Drug addiction clinic opens in Fayetteville, offers xylazine detection

KNWA FOX 24

A new clinic in Fayetteville attempts to help people end their drug addictions.

Ideal Option, a Washington-based addiction treatment center is now welcoming new patients at its location on N East Avenue.

The center uses medication-assisted treatment for addiction to drugs like fentanyl, heroin and methamphetamine.

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Resource Fair helps community members with basic life necessities

Federal Way Mirror

“Someone can walk in here with nothing and leave with a phone, go to Orion for a job, get an ORCA card, sign up for MAT with me, clothes over there,” said Brittany Ludington, Peer Outreach Specialist for Ideal Option.

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Ideal Option opens addiction clinic in Fayetteville

5 News

Ideal Option, an outpatient treatment center for addiction to fentanyl, heroin, methamphetamine, alcohol, and polysubstance, is now welcoming new patients in Fayetteville, according to a press release. 

The new clinic, located at 225 North East Ave., is the second to be introduced to Northwest Arkansas and the 12th in the state. The first location in Northwest Arkansas opened in Bentonville at 907 SE Village Loop, Suite 3, in April

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Big Pharma's Lasting Impact On Oregon

The Source Weekly

In 2011, prescription pain pills were distributed at a higher rate than ever before. Working-class individuals were getting hooked on pills, eventually leading to a rise in deadlier, more easily available street drugs. Now, along with the U.S., Oregon is seeing unprecedented numbers of fentanyl use, a highly addictive synthetic opioid.

Diana Everly with Ideal Option, a low-barrier treatment facility in Bend, saw people who were using prescription drugs in Oregon switch to heroin. However, she said, they aren't seeing as much heroin anymore. "We're primarily seeing fentanyl. It was always fentanyl pills, but here, in the past six to eight months I've been seeing more people on fentanyl powder, which is a more pure form of the drug, more deadly," she said.

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Minot clinic helps woman on her road to recovery

Minot Daily News

Cassi Beck has been sober for one year from fentanyl and methamphetamine. After getting into some trouble with the law, she was offered either a three-year sentence or the opportunity to go to an in-patient addiction treatment facility. She chose the latter.

[Sobriety] changed my life really drastically, like in a good way. When I was using I was homeless, I had no friends and I was jumping from couch to couch. I was in a lot of serious situations and got in trouble with the law a lot and now that I’m sober, I have my car, I have an apartment, I have a full-time job. I have my parents’ trust back. I feel so much better now being sober. I never thought I would see myself sober until I started getting sober,” Beck said.

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Police, treatment centers speak out on effort to modify Measure 110

KEZI News

Oregon Senate Republicans are pushing to refer Measure 110 back to voters, calling on what they term "buyer’s remorse" related to the measure to garner support.

Oregon voters passed Measure 110 in 2020. It decriminalized personal non-commercial drug possession offenses wit, and it received 58.5% of the vote. The idea was to help users get off the street, stay out of jail, and be put into treatment centers.

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Ideal Option relocates in Minot

KMOT TV

An outpatient addiction treatment clinic recently relocated in Minot this year. Your News Leader explores how they treat people on their road to recovery.

Cassie Beck said she’s been clean for a year. She went to rehab for a fentanyl and methamphetamine drug use disorder last year. Now, she’s getting medication-assisted treatment once a month at Ideal Option.

“It’s going really well. I never thought I would come this far or achieve all my goals from being sober,” said Beck.

Ideal Option doesn’t only serve people in the maintenance stage of their treatment. Missy Tillman, community outreach coordinator, said they serve patients without judgment.

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Tackling substance abuse disorders in North Dakota

KX News

With a nine percent increase in overdose-related deaths over the past year, North Dakota is seeing a major uptick in substance abuse. However, the Peace Garden State is also taking many different measures to tackle this problem — and one local business is also doing its part to combat the issue in our communities.

Ideal Option was founded eleven years ago, by emergency medical providers who were seeing an influx of opiate use disorder in the E.R. They now have a location on Divide Avenue in Bismarck, where they use patient-specific, evidence-based treatment to aid people struggling with substance abuse disorders.

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‘You can save a life’: Spokane Regional Health District encourages inclusion of Narcan in your first aid kit

The Spokesman-Review

Amid a spike in Spokane drug overdoses in recent years, the Spokane Regional Health District spent Thursday afternoon distributing Narcan in a park and teaching members of the public to administer it properly.

Part of International Opioid Awareness Day, the SRHD was one of a dozen organizations at Mission Park providing public education on drug overdoses and how they can be treated or prevented. The event was organized by Ideal Option, an outpatient treatment facility using medications to treat drug addiction.

“We need to bring awareness to this epidemic we’re facing and bring prevention. We want people to know anyone can be affected by overdose and you need to be prepared,” said event organizer Carlo Menjivar – pointing to the need for average people to be aware of the signs of overdose and be comfortable with administering Narcan if it would save someone’s life.

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AG requests federal assistance in Everett, Yakima and Spokane to address fentanyl crisis

FOX 13 Seattle

In a three-year period from 2019 to 2021, Snohomish, Yakima and Spokane counties saw a higher level of overdose death rates than the state average, according to federal statistics.

Now state leaders are asking for federal assistance in the North Sound and two other cities in Washington to help address the fentanyl and drug crisis.

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House Bill 2645 aims to increase penalties for people distributing fentanyl

KEZI 9 News

Governor Tina Kotek on Monday signed several bills including one that centers on fentanyl distribution. With the signing of House Bill 2645, the state is making a push towards increased drug enforcement.

State representative Lisa Reynolds said that because of the state taking a more humane approach to fighting drug users, fellow representatives took to charging the drug distributors at the source.

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Ideal Option opens addiction medicine clinic in Paragould

Paragould Daily Press

Ideal Option, an outpatient treatment for addiction to fentanyl, heroin, methamphetamine, alcohol and polysubstance, is now welcoming new patients in Paragould. The newly established low-barrier clinic, located at 2711 West Kingshighway, Ste. 10, is offering primarily buprenorphine-based treatment to help individuals reclaim their lives.

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Mayors in Snohomish County consider jail as an option for fentanyl and drug treatment

FOX 13

In the fight against fentanyl abuse in Washington, almost every official agrees addiction treatment must be part of the solution. However, there is a divide on where treatment should happen.

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Stopping the Tri-Cities fentanyl crisis takes these priorities, leaders tell Cantwell

Tri-City Herald

Fentanyl is cheap and easy to get in the Tri-Cities, but access to a life-saving drug Narcan to reverse overdoses is expensive and first responders don’t know where they’re going to get their next doses.

Those are two of the biggest challenges the Tri-Cities faces in its fight against fentanyl, experts said at a roundtable this week.

Senator Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., joined medical experts, law enforcement and community members for Monday’s discussion at the Benton Franklin Health District on the Tri-Cities fentanyl crisis.

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Senator Cantwell meets with Tri-Cities health and law enforcement leaders to tackle Washington's rising fentanyl crisis

KEPR News

Senator Maria Cantwell is meeting with health and law enforcement leaders to talk about drug overdoses.

Leaders with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say Washington has experienced the single-highest increase of reported drug overdoses between February of 2022 and 2023.

That's an increase of over 21% in just one year.

Health leaders say, already, there have been almost two dozen fatal overdoses in the Tri-Cities this year.

Ideal Option is a local voluntary treatment center with over 30 locations nationwide, which got its start right here in the Tri-Cities. Its leaders say local partnerships with hospitals, law enforcement, and community resources are essential to the solution.

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New outpatient clinic opens in Tacoma to treat addiction, fentanyl use

FOX 13 Seattle

The rampant rise in fentanyl abuse in Pierce County is being met by a new treatment resource. 

On Monday, Ideal Option opened its new clinic in downtown Tacoma to provide access to low-barrier treatment for fentanyl, methamphetamine, alcohol and other substances.

The new clinic, located at 1702 Tacoma Ave South, is Ideal Option’s third location in Pierce County. The outpatient facility offers medication-assisted treatment for those struggling with addiction.

"Treatment is readily available. We understand that timing is very, very important when somebody is ready for help. They need it now," said Rebekah Cantrell, Ideal Option’s peer outreach specialist.

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Fentanyl use in Montana driving spike in overdose deaths

Montana Free Press

Deaths by drug overdose in Montana continue to rise. 

Nearly 200 people in Montana died due to drug overdoses in 2021, the last year that comprehensive data is available, according to the state’s health department. That’s nearly 40 more lives lost than in 2020 and 80 more than in 2017. 

Yellowstone County, the state’s most populous, had the highest number of fatal overdoses, followed by Missoula County. 

Neither autopsies nor toxicological testing are performed on every person who dies from an overdose, according to Jon Ebelt, a spokesperson from the Montana Department Public Health and Human Services, so even those numbers could be an undercount.     

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61% of Addiction Treatment Patients Present with Polysubstance

Behavioral Health Business

New data demonstrates that fentanyl has complicated addiction treatment in the U.S. by increasing the prevalence of polysubstance use in patients seeking treatment.

The data — from the Kennewick, Washington-based medication-assisted treatment (MAT) provider Ideal Option — show that as many as 61% may need treatment for at least two different substances. 

“Polysubstance use disorder is now the most common diagnosis at Ideal Option,” Tim Kilgallon, CEO at Ideal Option, said in a news release. “In 2022, over half of all patients tested positive for two or more substances at enrollment, and 27% tested positive for three or more substances.”

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New drug treatment center opens in Van Buren

KNWA News

A drug treatment center, Ideal Option, with facilities across the country, recently opened a new clinic in Van Buren, located at 2521 Alma Hwy.

According to the press release, the new clinic will provide buprenorphine-based medication-assisted treatment. Additionally, Crawford County residents can now access in-person medication-assisted treatment for fentanyl, meth, heroin, alcohol, and other substances.

According to the Arkansas Take Back Opioid Dashboard, overdose deaths in Crawford County increased by over 250% from 2019 to 2020 and remained consistent from 2020 to 2021. In addition, narcotic arrests increased by 13% from 2020 to 2021.

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Recovering fentanyl addict shares story about medication-assisted treatment

WBAL-TV

A Baltimore man is sharing his journey of overcoming opioid addiction. His story comes as new numbers through a Maryland clinic send a promising message about medication-assisted treatment.

"It only lasted six months, and it totally destroyed me," recovering fentanyl addict Roy Littleton said.

Littleton’s addiction began with alcohol.

"Then I started doing the drugs, the marijuana, the coke, and it progressed finally into opioids,” Littleton said.

His last time taking fentanyl was at 18 caps in 24 hours. Surviving that led him to treatment. It took a few tries and a relapse before entering Ideal Option in Rosedale. Ideal Option specializes in medication-assisted treatment – helping more than 900 people across the state.

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Statewide treatment centers help to battle increase in opioid addictions

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

In Arkansas, overdose deaths have increased every year since 2018, according to the Arkansas Take Back Opioid Dashboard.

National medical group Ideal Option is hoping to address the increase, the opioid epidemic and substance abuse issues through several new clinics.

"The need has really always been there," Lt. Cody Burk, a spokesperson with the Pulaski County sheriff's office, said.

Services offered through Ideal Option's 10 Arkansas clinics aim to give those in need a "reboot" to life.

"While opioid prescribing and heroin use is on the decrease, overdose deaths continue to increase in Arkansas, largely due to the prevalence of fentanyl in the illicit drug supply," a press release from the group said.

Aaron Bunch, community outreach coordinator for Ideal, shared how the clinics are using resources and medicated treatments to help people get back on their feet.

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Suboxone, an opioid addiction treatment, could make fighting the battle easier

Valley News Live

An opioid addiction treatment could help make fighting the battle easier.

Buprenorphine also known as Suboxone is a medication that helps someone get off of opioids like fentanyl, heroin, or pain pills. The drug triggers a signal in the brain to deter the use of opioids.

“It focuses on receptors in the brain that opioids are attracted to. Suboxone occupies these receptors and in return then helps with cravings, withdrawals, and some against overdose,” said Jaclyn Kassen, a family nurse practitioner at Ideal Option, which is an addiction treatment center.

Suboxone also adds a sealing effect, which prevents users from getting a euphoric feeling if an opioid is taken while on the treatment.

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Mobile Clinic Aids in Addiction Treatment in Rural ID

Public News Service

A mobile clinic is bringing drug treatment to rural Idaho.

The organization Ideal Option's first treatment clinic on wheels is in Rexburg. Ideal Option received a grant from the state to create the roving facility.

Kim Hill is the community outreach manager with the organization.

"It's really geared at allowing people in those rural communities to access treatment who otherwise would not be able to have those services available to them," said Hill. "Transportation is a huge barrier with the clientele that we serve."

Ideal Option offers medication-based addiction treatment for opioids, alcohol and other substances.

They have more than 80 standalone clinics in eleven states, including ten in Idaho. The clinics are largely in rural towns, such as Idaho Falls, Lewiston and Sandpoint.

Hill said opioid use disorder treatment comes in five stages, and if patients make at least three visits, more than 80% stay in treatment long term. She added that treatment also reduces encounters with law enforcement.

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National Leader in Addiction Medicine Opens in El Dorado

KTVE News

Ideal Option, a national leader in evidence-based outpatient treatment for addiction to fentanyl, heroin, methamphetamine, alcohol and polysubstance, is now welcoming new patients in El Dorado.

While opioid prescribing and heroin use are on the decline, overdose deaths continue to increase in Arkansas, largely due to the prevalence of fentanyl in the illicit drug supply.

“We continue to see a concerning rise in fentanyl use across Arkansas, creating an urgent demand for specialized treatment,” said Aaron Bunch, community outreach coordinator for Ideal Option. “I am excited to get to work in the great community of El Dorado to tackle this worsening crisis.”

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Ideal Option Mobile Clinic now available in Rexburg

Rexburg Standard Journal

The Ideal Option Clinic's only mobile substance addiction mobile clinic has set up shop in Rexburg, opening Tuesday. It is the only one of the clinic's mobile clinics in the nation. 

The clinic will see patients suffering from various forms of addiction and will be available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesdays and Wednesdays at the Albertsons parking lot located at 490 N. Second East in Rexburg. It will also see patients at its satellite office from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday at 124 E. Main Street. The clinic accepts most insurance, Medicare and Medicaid. For those without insurance, the clinic will set up payment options.

The clinic was designed to help those residents wanting to overcome addictions to pain pills, fentanyl, heroin, alcohol, meth and other substances. It was also created to reach patients in rural areas who don’t have transportation to other clinics.

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Ideal Option opens addiction clinic in El Dorado

Magnolia Reporter

Ideal Option, a company that provides outpatient treatment for addiction to fentanyl, heroin, methamphetamine, alcohol and polysubstance, is welcoming new patients in El Dorado.

The clinic at 625 E. Main St., will provide primarily buprenorphine-based medication-assisted treatment with an onsite addiction medicine specialist.

While opioid prescribing and heroin use is on the decline, overdose deaths continue to increase in Arkansas, largely due to the prevalence of fentanyl in the illicit drug supply.

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Ideal Option Launches Mobile Addiction Clinic in Rural Idaho

Rexburg Standard Journal

Mobile treatment for substance use disorder (SUD) and prevention of HIV, STI and Hepatitis is now available in Rexburg.

Ideal Option, a national leader in evidence-based medication-assisted treatment for substance use disorder, has been awarded grant funding from the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (DHW) to operate a mobile clinic for addiction treatment and prevention of HIV, STI and Hepatitis.

The mobile clinic will be providing services in the parking lot of the Albertsons® grocery store in Rexburg on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

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Hooked on fentanyl: Salem man shares journey to sobriety

FOX 12 Oregon

From the couch of his addiction treatment center, 49-year-old Michael Padrta is hopeful to finally be on a new path after almost 40 years of drug use and two stints in prison.

“I started using at 11,” Padrta told FOX 12 in a recent interview. “I started using meth at about 15 and was drinking all through that.”

In recent decades, heroin was the Salem man’s drug of choice, until more recently.

“With fentanyl, it’s so accessible, and it’s a lot easier to use it because you don’t have to necessarily inject it, you can smoke it and that’s what I did,” Padrta said.

“It was an easy transition,” Padrta added. “There was a huge exodus from heroin to fentanyl with just about everyone I knew.”

Illicit fentanyl: now king of the opioid crisis and linked to tens of thousands of deaths in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control.

“Around three years ago, when the pandemic hit, it was mostly heroin,” said Rhonda Woodside, a nurse practitioner, who specializes in addiction treatment. “And then heroin started having fentanyl in it, now I would say 95% of what we see is just straight fentanyl.”

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    Effective medication-assisted addiction treatment helps 900+ Idaho patients

    Idaho News 6

    Fentanyl and other highly addictive opioids have been very destructive in communities across the US, making them a high priority for law enforcement. Idaho Police seized over two million lethal doses of fentanyl alone in a traffic stop only a month ago, in March.

    Removing fentanyl from the streets is lifesaving work, but for many who have been affected by opioid addiction, the withdrawals are intense and the path to recovery is long.

    Those struggling with addiction may find some relief in new medication-assisted addiction therapy. A report from Ideal Option, a medication-assisted treatment clinic company, shows the effectiveness of the therapy for over 900 Idaho patients.

    Among Idaho patients who completed treatment, the company reports:

    • 90% less total opioid use
    • 98% less fentanyl use
    • 90% less heroin use
    • 86% less methamphetamine use
    • 81% less cocaine use

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    New drug treatment center opens in Bentonville

    KNWA

    An addiction treatment center, Ideal Option, with facilities across the country, recently opened a new clinic in Bentonville. According to data obtained by Ideal Option, drug overdose deaths nearly doubled in the past three years in Benton and Washington counties.

    Aaron Bunch, Ideal Option's Arkansas community outreach coordinator, said more treatment options are needed in Northwest Arkansas. This is largely due to the increase in Fentanyl in illicit manufactured drugs.

    “If this [a sugar packet] was a gram of Fentanyl, there is enough to make 1,000 people high. Can you believe it? 1,000 people off this one gram is enough to make 500 people overdose,” Bunch said.

    Ideal Option has also received a grant from the state. So, they're able to treat people who don’t have insurance.

    “The grant will pay for their treatment. So, we can get them into recovery today, as soon as possible,” Bunch said.

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    Ideal Option battles addiction in North Dakota

    KX News

    Ideal Option has six clinics in North Dakota, and two of those clinics are right here in Bismarck. According to Ideal Option, those clinics have helped more than 500 people in North Dakota last year.

    “The number of patients has grown over the years,” explained Nurse Practitioner, Carissa Cornell. “We ended up opening our second clinic in the fall of 2022.”

    “When we initially started,” she recalled, “jails and hospitals were very closed doors. They didn’t want treatment. They didn’t want their inmates to have medication or their patients, and now we are seeing a change in that. We are seeing them open, and we are working with those facilities to help patients instead of treating them poorly and punishing them, mainly.”

    The entire country has been battling the opioid epidemic for years. Many of the drugs are having multiple substances mixed as one — which is why polysubstance use disorder is becoming the most common diagnosis at Ideal Option.

    “The synthetic substances, mainly fentanyl, has been a huge huge problem in the U.S.,” explained Cornell, “and the problem with that is that it’s not just fentanyl. It’s multiple substances that is in the fentanyl that patients don’t even know they are using.”

    “Addiction can happen to anybody,” stated Cornell, “and we just need to remove that stigma — and I feel that’s one thing that we have done at Ideal Option. We’ve removed the stigma, and we’ve let patients know, ‘you are safe here’.”

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    Addiction medical clinic opens in Bentonville

    5NEWS

    Ideal Option, an outpatient treatment center for those addicted to fentanyl, heroin, methamphetamine, alcohol, and polysubstances, now welcomes new patients in Bentonville, making this location the ninth in Arkansas.

    “In 2022, Ideal Option helped more than 1,000 patients living in Arkansas get started in recovery," said Aaron Bunch, community outreach coordinator for Ideal Option. "I am excited to expand our life-saving treatment services to Bentonville and look forward to building relationships within this wonderful community.”

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    Addiction treatment facility opens in Bentonville

    KNWA

    A new addiction treatment clinic has opened in Bentonville and hopes to bring awareness and treatment to addiction across the region. The clinic, Ideal Option, promises evidence-based medication-assisted treatment for fentanyl, meth, alcohol and other substances.

    Ideal Option has been operating since 2012. It now operates 89 clinics in 11 states and has treated more than 65,000 patients. The Bentonville clinic is one of nine in Arkansas, and the second one in the Northwest Arkansas region.

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    Alternative court launches in Vancouver to address livability issues, low-level crime

    KOIN 6

    In an effort to address low-level offenses, a community court that focuses on concerns that impact livability launched in Vancouver. The court is intended to remove barriers by directly connecting participants with services in the community. The court is held every Monday at the Recovery Cafe, a service provider that’s centrally located and off of a bus line. The process can also take six weeks instead of the six months of going to different court dates before getting a sentence.

    It’s a new solution for dealing with what the city calls “quality of life” crimes while also connecting people who may be homeless to job and housing services. Josh Lair of Community and Law Enforcement Outreach with Ideal Option said it’s time to start figuring out what is the root of the issue.

    “Houselessness is a hot topic, it doesn’t matter where you go in the United States, it’s a hot topic,” he said. “We can’t continue to just Band-Aid the situation. We have to figure out what is the root cause.”

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    Meet Our Mid-Valley: Josh Lair used to deal drugs. Now he supports people battling addiction

    Stateman Journal

    “I used to be a dope dealer, and I brought death and destruction into everything that I did,” said Josh Lair, 44. Now he tries to bring hope to everything and everyone, rather than destruction, he said.

    Lair currently works as the community and law enforcement outreach manager for Ideal Option, which has two outpatient clinics in Salem that help support substance use disorder recovery through medication-assisted treatment. Lair works with local law enforcement to coordinate consistent training through Marion County’s Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) program. The program allows individuals with frequent low-level drug-related and quality-of-life offenses to participate in community-based treatment programs rather than the criminal justice system. Lair is also the chief operating officer of Be Bold Street Ministries, an international nonprofit ministry aimed at serving people experiencing homelessness or coming from disadvantaged situations.

    “As people are like 'This person, or this group of people, they’re never going to change…' I’m like, remember when you guys used to say that about me,” Lair said.

    Lair said he is thankful he's able to help people by sharing his story and serving others. A huge part of Lair’s life since his recovery has been centered on helping others who might feel there is no hope for getting better.

    “I get to do that today and be that form of hope and encouragement when they’re at their worst,” said Lair. “Everybody needs a cheerleader in their life.”

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    Medication-assisted treatment center expands to west Salem

    Salem Reporter

    Polk County now has its first clinic where people can detox from drugs or alcohol with medication-assisted treatment.

    Ideal Option, a private medication-assisted treatment center, opened its second local clinic on March 13 in west Salem. The expansion comes nearly three years after Ideal Option opened its first Salem location.

    The clinic at 675 Orchard Heights Rd. N.W is open Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

    Patients can make an appointment by calling 1-877-522-1275 or at www.idealoption.com.

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      Russellville gets an Addition Medicine Clinic thanks to Ideal Option

      KATV

      Ideal Option, an outpatient treatment center for those addicted to fentanyl, heroin, methamphetamine, alcohol, and polysubstances, now welcomes new patients in Russellville, making this location the seventh in Arkansas.

      "According to the Pope County Opioid Dashboard published by Arkansas Take Back, there are only three medication-assisted treatment providers located here," said Aaron Bunch, community outreach coordinator for Ideal Option. "I am excited for the opportunity to form partnerships in Russellville and make a positive impact by bringing in additional resources to treat the residents of this wonderful community."

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      Deschutes Co. Jail program aims to stop revolving door of addicted inmates

      Central Oregon Daily News

      For years, inmates booked at the Deschutes County Jail who are addicted to drugs or alcohol have been left to detox in their cells, only to be released back to the neighborhoods, friends and dealers that got them there in the first place. And the cycle continues. Deschutes County Sheriff Shane Nelson and his staff are now implementing a plan to treat the inmate’s addiction first. So, for the first time ever, they leave with a clear mind and a network of services to keep them from ever coming back. Measure 110 helped Ideal Option, a MAT program, partner with the Deschutes County Jail to provide addiction training and help to inmates before they leave.

      The Deschutes County Jail is also a second home for Shawnda Jennings. She is a recovering addict who spends her time guiding inmates out of the nightmare of addiction as a peer outreach specialist for Ideal Option drug treatment center in Bend. She is the partner Sheriff Nelson was looking for to turn previous inmate outreach on its head.

      “I’ve been where they’re sitting. I know everything that they’re feeling. The loneliness, them being scared,” said Shawnda.

      For decades, the drug assistance offered in places like this consisted of therapy and mental health counseling if you could find it. And then, if you didn’t die of an overdose first, medication to curb the need for your drug of choice. Most inmates just don’t have that kind of time. They need help kicking their addiction immediately. Enter MAT, where killing their cravings is the first order of business, not the last. The MAT program is where sheriff nelson feels his Measure 110 money is best spent. 

      “Once we can get them on an effective medication for them to be stabilized, start thinking about what they want to do, so that they’re not making decisions based on their cravings, their sickness, and all of those things that are not letting their brains process what a meaningful life can be, we’re gonna start that process,” said Deschutes County Sheriff’s Captain Michael Shults.

      “You have that small window. I mean, either they’re going to get help … they’re gonna go to their dope guy or they’re gonna get help.  So, being able to help that person within the first 24 hours is huge,” said Shawnda.

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      Ideal Option opens in Redmond to help those struggling with addiction

      Central Oregon Daily News

      Ideal Option, an outpatient medication-assisted treatment facility for individuals who struggle with substace use disorder, is officially open in Redmond thanks to Measure 110. The Redmond clinic is the second to open in Central Oregon, joining one in Bend. Measure 110 also helped Ideal Option partner with the Deschutes County Jail to provide addiction training and help to inmates before they leave.

      “I personally feel like Redmond is needing more providers, especially when you’re dealing with individuals that live out here and they don’t have a way or means to make it to Bend,” said Shawnda Jennings, Peer Support Outreach Specialist for Ideal Option.

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      Ideal Option opens Redmond addiction medicine clinic to help curb drug crisis fueled by fentanyl’s rise

      KTVZ News

      Ideal Option, a national leader in evidence-based treatment for addiction to fentanyl, heroin, methamphetamine, alcohol and polysubstance, has been awarded grant funding through Oregon’s Measure 110 initiative to expand services to Redmond, where its new clinic has just opened.

      “I am excited that our much-needed services are now available in Redmond,” said Shawnda Jennings, peer outreach specialist at Ideal Option. “As someone in recovery myself, I know how important it is to have easy access to treatment and am so grateful to be able to give back to the community that helped me.”

      Jason Hanby, a physician assistant with Ideal Option, said, "We also do blood draws as well, checking for kind of a basic blood panel, to make sure nothing is abnormal. Even though we don’t treat chronic or acute conditions, we can at least recognize those and refer them to the appropriate providers for that.” 

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      Ideal Option set to open addiction medicine clinic in Redmond, its second Deschutes County location

      KTVZ News

      Ideal Option, a national leader in evidence-based treatment for addiction to fentanyl, heroin, methamphetamine, alcohol and polysubstance, said it has been awarded grant funding through Oregon’s Measure 110 initiative to expand services to Redmond.

      “I am excited that our much-needed services are now available in Redmond,” said Shawnda Jennings, peer outreach specialist at Ideal Option. “As someone in recovery myself, I know how important it is to have easy access to treatment and am so grateful to be able to give back to the community that helped me.”

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      Fentanyl remains a growing problem for law enforcement and support services in Gallatin County

      KBZK Bozeman

      Captain Eric Paulson with the Gallatin County Sheriff's Office says fentanyl overdoses are on the rise because of how cheap and easy the drug is to ingest.

      “When we looked at the the number of pills that were actually seized in 2020 to 2021 combined was under 100, and in 2022, last year, we had over 12,000 seized here in Gallatin County,” Paulson said.

      “For fentanyl use in the Bozeman clinic, we are seeing about 100 patients a week,” says Nurse Practitioner Brooke Hewitt of Ideal Option.

      Hewitt says Ideal Option can offer other options to Narcan.

      “We have different initiation methods that will prevent them from going into severe withdrawals, which prevent a lot of people from coming in to get help," says Hewitt. "A lot of times we put them on a medication called Buprenorphine, and it's a partial opiate compared to fentanyl, which is a full opiate.”

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      At Marysville drug takeback, providers aim for ‘biggest possible impact’

      Everett Herald

      Ideal Option hosted the “Recovery Starts Today!” drug takeback and treatment event where people could connect with a variety of supportive services, including housing, health insurance, medication and other therapies, and even free cell phones and service. They could also dispose of illicit substances and drug paraphernalia without fear of any legal repercussions. April Provost, community outreach coordinator, said these events are important to reach people who are ready for treatment, now. She relates to the experience of addiction.

      “I remember how helpless and hopeless I felt, and not knowing where to go and how to get the help that I needed. And feeling very stigmatized and labeled by it,” Provost said. “I wanted to create an environment where people would have direct access to services” and “the biggest possible impact.”

      Nurse practitioner Lindsey Paragin treats patients at the Marysville clinic, primarily people who are trying to recover from opiates, alcohol and methamphetamines. Watching people change their lives can be very rewarding, she said.

      “Every single day that I’m here I get to witness miracles,” she said at the event Friday.

      Other participants on Friday included A1 Lifeline, Catholic Community Services, EvergreenHealth Monroe, Holman Recovery Center, Marysville Police Department, Providence Regional Medical Center Everett, Snohomish County Health Department, Sound Pathways, The Hand Up Project, MercyWatch and UnitedHealthcare. Total Rentals of Everett donated the tent, heaters and other supplies for the event.

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      Family Service Agency discusses Opioid Use Disorder and how to treat it

      KATV News

      Aaron Bunch, Ideal Option's Arkansas community outreach coordinator, discuss services provided by Ideal Option, what opioid use disorder is, how medication-assisted treatment can help with substance use disorder, and provides information on the local methamphetamine and fentanyl crisis.

      "We want to help people get to a better place. We want to decudes deaths, reduce overdoses, reunite families, and help people get their lives back. That's one of the things we concentrate on at Ideal Option and because of the treatment protocol that we have, we've been very successful at it. It's about focusing on the patient. We don't care where you came from or who you are. We just want to meet you where you're at and get you to a better place," Aaron said. 

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      Richland PD to crack down on public drug use; are more arrests key to ending drug crisis?

      KAPP-KVEW

      In 2021, the Washington Supreme Court ruled, in the State v. Blake decision, that the states felony drug possession statute was unconstitutional. Recently, Richland Police posted on Facebook, saying since that ruling, they've seen an increase of open drug use in public spaces. the post goes on to list the two Richland Municipal Codes passed by City Council. Andrea Munder with Ideal Option said sometimes, an arrest can be the beginning of someone's journey to sobriety. 

      "We have the resources to be able to help the patients once they are incarcerated. If they come into the jail and they've recently used any sort of opiates, we have the ability to prescribe them some medications to help them withdraw from those medications, and get them on something a little more long term to help them with their sobriety," Andrea is Ideal Option's Director of Jail Services. 

      It doesn't end with incarceration, Andrea said it's important that these patients follow through with treatment after they're released.

      "Making sure that they're partnered up with some sort of an outpatient to help them to continue, we have same-day appointments if they're released, we have partnered up with the officers to be able to give them rides to the clinic," she said. 

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      Ideal Option: New substance abuse treatment clinic opens in Springfield

      KMTR NBC 16

      Marty Nelms is a peer outreach specialist with Ideal Option, a substance abuse treatment clinic that opened its second clinic Lane County. After suffering with substance use disorder himself, Nelms hopes to have a positive impact on his community and help those struggling with addiction.

      "Having spent twenty years out there on the streets, I know exactly how bad it can be, and my life was horrible. As soon as I got clean and I started experiencing life again, I wanted to help others," Nelms said.

      Nelms says that his lived experience as a former addict has helped him assist those dealing with addiction across the board.

      “I'm from this community, so it's close to my heart. I was an intravenous opioid and methamphetamine user for over twenty years. For everybody, it's different; but there are certain pieces to a puzzle and algorithm and when you finally find what works, that's what you stick with. What separates us from other clinics is me, the peer support,” he explains. “With peer support we can get them hooked up to any other types of services. We can get them to detox, inpatient treatment, the whole gambit.”

      Ideal Option and Nelms say they've seen consistent improvement from those who have had at least three appointments at their clinics.

      "That's the beauty of peer support,” Nelms says. “Only peers can well and truly get through to people because they have that lived experience; they have that relatability. You can get someone to trust you."

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      Salem clinic using medication to treat addicted inmates at Marion County Jail

      Salem Reporter

      People incarcerated at the Marion County Jail can now receive medication to treat opioid addiction and go through withdrawals safely while in custody. Ideal Option, a private medication-assisted treatment center with a Salem clinic, started its treatment at the jail in early January through a contract with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office.

      Josh Lair, the Salem-based community outreach coordinator for Ideal Option, said a mentor at his clinic works with those being treated in jail to arrange continued treatment once they are released. Lair said the medication-assisted treatment will help prevent people addicted to opiates from seeking drugs when they are released to overcome their withdrawal symptoms. Such a move can be fatal because their tolerance for drugs diminishes while people are in jail.

      “Individuals that struggle with substance use, they’re still a part of our community,” Lair said. “They’re not outliers. They’re not this other class of people, they’re still human beings that live within our community.”

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      Arkansas drug director to speak at Ideal Option open house

      KNWA & Fox 24

      Newly appointed Arkansas drug director Boyce Hamlet is scheduled to speak at an open house event for a local clinic.

      Ideal Option, a national leader in outpatient medication-assisted treatment for opioids, methamphetamine, alcohol, and polysubstance, announced it will host an open house at their clinic in Springdale.

      During the open house, attendees can enjoy refreshments and learn more about the services provided by Ideal Option, tour the facility, meet expert staff and pick up materials.

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      New Drug Treatment Planned For Jail

      KBND

      A month after five inmates overdosed on fentanyl in a four-hour span, the Deschutes County Jail plans to launch a Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) program. Jail Commander Captain Michael Shults says the Sheriff's Office is expanding its partnership with Ideal Option.

      "We’ve opened our door to Ideal Option and said, ‘If you can get a grant, we’re going to allow you in. We’re going to work with you’," Shults said.

      Shults added, "Studies have shown that the MAT program reduces drug use, overdose events, as well as promotes recovery in individuals with opiate use disorders. It really helps the whole system - the criminal justice system." The jail already provides treatment options like counseling, but Shults believes offering MAT at the first interaction - screening inmates at booking - will lead to faster, better outcomes.

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      Representative Dan Newhouse visits Ideal Option treatment center in Kennewick

      NBC Right Now

      Representative Dan Newhouse (R-Wash.) visited the Ideal Option treatment center in Kennewick on January 23 in an effort to understand what resources are available in the area. 

      Ideal Option reports it has helped over 65,000 patients across 80 office-based medication treatments locations in 11 states. The treatment is reportedly enabled through extensive toxicology, according to Ideal Option. 

      Newhouse visited the center to discuss the available treatments for opioid addiction and understand how they work. Ideal Option uses measurement-based treatment and lab results to measure outcomes. Its Kennewick location treats for opioid addictions including fentanyl, heroin, oxycodone and stimulants like methamphetamine and cocaine, plus assisted treatment for alcohol withdrawal and relapse prevention. 

      “To have resources like this available to people here in Central Washington, that’s a good thing,” said Rep. Newhouse. “It really is. To get ourselves out of this situation that we find ourselves in, it’s going to take a lot of different things. But this is a key part of it: to get people the help that they need.”

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      Today, Representative Dan Newhouse toured Ideal Option, a local Addiction Recovery Center in Kennewick to learn more about treatment options for the growing opioid epidemic. READ MORE

      Opioid use, and fentanyl in particular, has been fostering a deadly drug epidemic in the last several years. It’s something one local leader took a closer look at Monday. Congressman Dan Newhouse visited the Tri-Cities-grown opioid treatment center, Ideal Option, to discuss treatment alternatives when it comes to opioid use. READ MORE

      Chronicle: Fighting fentanyl

      KETV 7

      Increasing access to addiction treatment services is crucial in the effort to tackle the worsening opioid crisis in Omaha. Fentanyl, a highly addictive synthetic opioid that’s about 50 times more potent than heroin, is quickly becoming a public health crisis in Nebraska. The DEA's Omaha field division (covering 5 states) seized almost 5 million lethal doses of fentanyl in 2022; roughly one million in Nebraska alone. Ideal Option, an outpatient medication-assisted treatment program that specializes in treating individuals with substance use disorder, has opened their first clinic in Nebraska

      "I really do think suboxone helps people with substance use disorder. Part of the way that it works is that is stablizes the brain so when they have the medicine in their system, they're actually able to think clearly and do their normal daily life activities, but suboxone also helps prevent overdose. So if someone has suboxone in their system and they do come across fentanyl and use it, it prevents overdose and helps save lives in that way", said Nathan "Ed" Kaiser, a nurse practitioner at the new Omaha Ideal Option.

      When asked about Ideal Option's success rate, Kaiser said, "The success rate is amazing. Patients who have been in our program for 6-12 months have a 95% - 96% reduction in opioid use, even with other substances too. A lot of patients are using meth, or benzos, or alcohol. When they stabilize on a program on suboxone, they're able to reduce a lot of other substance use. Our goal is to be a low-barrier access for people who need treatment... we want people to know wherever they're at in the process we're here to help them."

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      Uptick in the fentanyl crisis in North Dakota

      KFYR TV

      Fentanyl use is on the rise in North Dakota. For residents in Bismarck, there are resources to help with the opioid crisis. In the past year, Ideal Option has opened up a second clinic to improve access and allow more people to get same-day appointments.

      “The fentanyl crisis in 2022 definitely increased from the previous year. As just here in North Dakota, we saw an uptick of the patient population related to the fentanyl crisis,” said Trevor Stavig, nurse practitioner at Ideal Option.

      Stavig believes there are a couple of reasons opioid usage is on the rise.

      “I would say easy-access is probably the number one reason why there is an increase in the fentanyl use around here as it is getting here easier, it’s becoming cheaper. So you add those two together, you’re just adding fuel to the fire,” said Stavig.

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      Collaboration for greater good

      The Business Journal of North Idaho

      Ideal Option and Brick House Recovery have come together under one roof  in Coeur d'Alene to provide an array of services for clients seeking outpatient medication-assisted treatment for addiction and faith-based addiction recovery support.

      "I feel great about this," Ideal Option CEO Tim Kilgallon said. "Brick House Recovery is so complementary to the services we provide. What we provide is specialization around medication-assisted treatment and what they provide is specialization around counseling and support. The two together really stand the best chance of having an excellent recovery zone."

      Kim Hill, Ideal Option's Idaho community outreach coordinator, works closely with Brick House Recovery sites in Idaho Falls and Boise. She and a colleague were discussing the Coeur d'Alene expansion when they had the idea of sharing space with Brick House.

      "I was like, 'We’re getting a new building, and it's really large. Why don’t we look at a partnership?'" Hill said.

      "It was more of a dream than a reality at that point. Both organizations are very big on community collaboration. That's how this partnership came about and we were able to come to terms to occupy the same building."

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      After slow Measure 110 rollout, Salem providers get millions to expand addiction treatment

      Salem Reporter

      Millions of dollars are flowing to Marion County addiction treatment services, providing what many longtime workers in the field say is the biggest expansion of services they’ve ever seen.

      Ideal Option is kickstarting a medication-assisted treatment program at the Marion County Jail, allowing people in custody to start treatment rather than suffering from withdrawal. Community Outreach Manager Josh Lair states that offering jail treatment will help break the cycle where people addicted to opiates go into withdrawal while in jail, are released from custody and immediately seek out drugs to make withdrawal symptoms go away. That cycle can be deadly as people lose tolerance while in jail.

      “We will make sure that they have an appointment for when they get out,” said Lair. The program got a $924,000 grant from Measure 110 funds.

      “People overdose all the time because they think they can use the same amount of opiates they were using prior to going into custody,” he said.

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      How these local organizations work to cut through barriers to help people fight addiction

      Statesman Journal

      Oregon ranks 2nd nationally for people with substance use disorders, but 50th in access to services for treatment, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Oregon also ranks 1st in both prescription opioid and methamphetamine use and fifth for alcohol abuse, according to the same report.

      Some community organizations, such as Ideal Option, are working to improve these statistics by providing comprehensive locally-based treatment. Receiving care in the community someone lives in can be a lot more approachable than going to a larger treatment facility or hospital. Ideal Option has outpatient clinics in Eugene and Salem that help support people recovering from addiction through medication-assisted treatment and working with community partners to remove barriers to access services and create smoother systems for care at the local level.

      Community outreach manager Josh Lair emphasized the importance of community care because it meets people where they are at. Lair said he believes one reason programs like Ideal Option are successful is because they help increase accessibility to services and resources for recovery as well as decrease stigma around seeking care.

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      Organizations in Great Falls receiving part of the City’s ARPA funds

      ABC Fox Montana

      Organizations in the Electric City are receiving funds from the City’s American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds. The Great Falls City Commission approved a recommendation to fund fourteen submissions to local businesses using $2,884,557.00 of the ARPA funds allocated to the City.

      Ideal Option received $228,980.00 for increasing access to medication assisted treatment (MAT). Ideal Option offers substance use disorder treatment in Great Falls and is looking to increase access in the City by opening a second location. These funds will be used to offset the expenses incurred in the first six months of this new location.

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      Woman finds opioid recovery at Bismarck treatment center

      KX News

      Pam Emmil fell victim to addiction when she was prescribed a series of pain medication after more than half a dozen surgeries over the last 10 years. She didn’t notice she had a problem until doctors told her she couldn’t have anymore. A few years ago, Emmil found out about Ideal Option, a recently opened treatment center, and Emmil was their first patient.

      “They do about a two-hour intake with you. They really listen to you, they want to hear what you’re going through. And then if they feel you’re a candidate, they prescribe medication,” Emmil said.

      Pam stated she's been coming to Ideal Option for about four years. She has a monthly appointment and is prescribed suboxone. 

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      Addiction treatment company opens 2nd Bismarck site

      The Bismarck Tribune

      Ideal Option, an outpatient medication-assisted treatment program for individuals suffering from substance use disorder, has opened a second clinic in Bismarck in response to an uptick in fentanyl use.

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      Spike in fentanyl use leaves Gallatin County on the cusp of crisis

      Bozeman Daily Chronicle

      Fentanyl, a synthetic opioid that’s about 100 times more potent than morphine, according to the Drug Enforcement Agency, is quickly becoming a public health crisis in Montana. The amount of fentanyl seized in the first six months of 2022 was more than double the amount sized in the entirety of 2021, according to DPHHS.

      Sheri Bagley, a family nurse practitioner at Ideal Option, an addiction clinic in Bozeman that treats a wide range of substance use disorders, said about 60% of new patients the clinic saw in the past two months reported issues with fentanyl use. Bagley also said many of her patients were surprised to learn from a urine test that they even have fentanyl in their system.

      “And it scares them,” Bagley said. “ ... There’s so many people dying from fentanyl, especially people who are opiate naïve, because they don’t have the tolerance. And so I mean, they can take one puff off a meth pipe and collapse.”

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      Drug overdose deaths up 20% in the state, woman shares her struggles with addiction

      Montana Right Now

      Across the state of Montana, there has been a 20% increase in drug related overdose deaths in the last year, which is the 8th highest increase nationwide. When you break down the data from the CDC, it shows 195 people died in Montana from a drug overdose in 2021.

      47-year-old Great Falls native, Marvalee Singleton, shares her story of falling victim to opioid use disorder.

      "So, I have a really bad back and neck and I went to a pain doctor and he prescribed me pain meds. Well, of course me, you know, I'm in pain and I took more than I should have and I got addicted," said Singleton. 

      It wasn't until a few years later that she decided to get help. 

      "I would fall asleep on the couch, cigarette in my hand, burn the carpet. My daughters were not happy at all. And I said, I'm getting off of these. I can't do this. I need help. So, I came by Ideal Option and this is where I am five and a half years later," said Singleton. 

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      Ending Addiction as Overdose Deaths Soar

      The Source Weekly

      Ideal Option's peer outreach specialist, Shawnda Jennings, spends her time in Bend and other central Oregon communities to help people recover from substance use disorder. Shawnda shares her inspiring personal journey to recovery, and more about Ideal Option and the peer outreach program.

      "It kind of runs deep in my veins and my soul. So, I felt like there was a purpose of why I went through everything I went through. And that's to be able to share that hope to other people and let them know that there is light on the other side," Jennings said.

      "Not having that support is really hard for individuals and not having a home, not having somewhere to take a shower and the normal things that we take for granted, they don't have that and it makes it hard for people that are homeless to seek out recovery." That's why I tried to get that relationship and get them in some sort of program. It can actually give them a good support system to do to be able to overcome what they're going through."

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      Overdose deaths rise statewide, alarming health officials in Central Oregon

      The Bulletin

      Drug related overdose deaths in Oregon have more than doubled since 2019, fueled by fentanyl, which is being found in other drugs, like meth, heroin, and opioids. The number of overdose deaths from fentanyl in Oregon increased from 71 in 2019 to 509 in 2021, according to data provided by the Oregon Health Authority.

      “Overdoses are a crazy reality right now and far too prevalent now. Fentanyl is now in everything. It's rare to see analysis with pure anything.” said Josh Lair, a peer-to-peer counselor and community outreach manager with Ideal Option.

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      Ideal Option hosts event Friday to support addiction recovery

      Salem Reporter

      Ideal Option, a medication-assisted treatment clinic focused on helping lead people into recovery through its outpatient treatment for opioids, methamphetamine and alcohol abuse, is hosting an event to get more people into recovery in Salem, OR. At this event, people can surrender illicit substances and paraphernalia for safe disposal, learn about community resources, complete intake and, if desired, see a provider immediately to start medication-assisted treatment, according to a press release. 

      This event is designed to empower those in the community who are struggling with the disease of addiction to come forward without fear of legal repercussions and begin their recovery with medication-assisted treatment.

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      Ideal Option opens a second clinic in Bismarck

      KFYR-TV

      Ideal Option opened a second clinic in Bismarck to better address the fentanyl crisis and substance abuse addiction use in North Dakota. The clinic provides services for all substance use disorders and provides resources for counseling, support groups, medication-assisted treatment with Suboxone, and inpatient treatment if needed.

      “I think that having the second location was really important because of the rise that we’ve seen in fentanyl use throughout North Dakota. Having access to care is, again, our number one goal,” said Sarah Kucera, a physician assistant at Ideal Option.

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      Ideal Option opens second recovery clinic in Bismarck to help with opioid crisis

      KX News

      Ideal Option recently opened a second location in Bismarck, ND on West Division Avenue to help those struggling with addiction.

      “The biggest reason we have a second location here in Bismarck is we saw a greater need with the increase in Fentanyl use around the community,” said Trevor Stavig, Ideal Option's nurse practitioner.

      “Fentanyl use in the state of North Dakota was up 95% in our patient population in 2021,” said Sarah Kucera, Ideal Option's physician assistant.

      Kucera says obtaining fentanyl is easy for people. She believes having access to a recovery program should be just as easy.

      “We are low-barrier access to care,” said Kucera. “We don’t have any wait times. We are accepting new patients. We accept walk-in patients. We are ready and willing to meet people where they are.”

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      Addiction services available in Billings

      YourBigSky.com

      Ideal Option is a medication-assisted treatment program that's treating patients with opioid use disorder or other substance use disorders using detox medication like Suboxone and Vivitrol in a primary care setting. Patients at Ideal Option are treated in a respectful, caring, and non-judgemental way. They also offer different financial services for those who need it. New patients can start treatment in a matter of 24 hours.

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      Ideal Option and access to addiction treatment

      The Gallatin News

      Ideal Option opened its second treatment center in the Billings, MT to ensure that addiction treatment for drug and alcohol use disorder is accessible to those seeking help.

      Peer Outreach Specialist Amanda Mclauchlin goes out into the community to offer support to the homeless population. She says she shares her own experiences with them, which allows her to relate and understand tough overcoming addiction can be especially when access is so limited.

      “It's crucial that we are able to offer that immediate support and accessibility too. We have walk-in appointments and that’s huge and important you know for successful treatment I think when people are ready, they can get the access they need,” says Mclauchlin.

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      Ideal Option and access to addiction treatment

      Olean Times Herald

      Ideal Option just opened its second treatment center in the Billings, MT to ensure that addiction treatment for drugs and alcohol abuse is accessible to those seeking help.

      Addiction medicine provider Lisa, ARNP says there is a real problem with the lack of available resources and access for the number of people who need treatment. “We noticed a large amount of drug influx, especially with the opioid crisis and the lack of resources for people who feel comfortable reaching out for those... We’re trying to open up that access so people have that access to care and rather than going to use they can come to us and start on that journey for recovery.”

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      Suboxone clinic proposed for downtown Monroe

      Snohomish County Tribune

      A new site for an addiction medicine clinic, Ideal Option, has been proposed in downtown Monroe. Ideal Option currently has four clinics in Snohomish County located in Arlington, Marysville, Everett, and Mountlake Terrace.

      April Provost, a Community Peer Outreach Specialist at Ideal Option, has been sober for three years and working in the recovery field for two and a half. She knows the challenges of conquering addiction firsthand.
      “You can’t plan for the future because you can’t see past your next fix. You can’t imagine one; there’s no hope. It’s a very dark place to be in,” Provost said.

      For those who don’t need treatment services, a new office location may not seem significant; however, it will help brighten the path to recovery for individuals suffering with a substance use disorder.

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      Ideal Option and access to addiction treatment

      KULR 8

      Ideal Option opened its second treatment center in the Billings, MT to ensure that addiction treatment for drug and alcohol use disorder is accessible to those seeking help. Lisa Ehret, APRN, FNP-C, an addiction medicine provider at Ideal Option, said the second location was needed because she was seeing about 75 to 100 patients a day for addiction services at the first clinic. She adds there is a real problem with the lack of available resources and access for the number of people who need treatment.

      “We noticed a large amount of drug influx, especially with the opioid crisis and the lack of resources for people who feel comfortable reaching out for those... We’re trying to open up that access so people have that access to care and rather than going to use they can come to us and start on that journey for recovery,” Ehret said.

      Amanda Mclauchlin is Billings' peer outreach specialist who goes out into the community to offer support populations who need it. She says she shares her own experiences with them, which allows her to relate and understand tough overcoming addiction can be especially when access is so limited.

      “It's crucial that we are able to offer that immediate support and accessibility too. We have walk-in appointments and that’s huge and important you know for successful treatment I think when people are ready, they can get the access they need,” says Mclauchlin.

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      A new way to treat addiction in Salem

      Salem Reporter

      After becoming sober over a decade ago, community outreach coordinator Josh Lair now works at Ideal Option's Salem clinic — An outpatient medication-assisted treatment clinic that offers same-day access to medications that have proven effective in reducing opioid and methamphetamine abuse.

      Ideal Option's addiction medicine provider Rhonda Woodside, ARNP says the clinic can offer treatment to people who can’t access inpatient treatment because of a lack of space or life circumstances that won’t let them complete a 30-day program.

      Lair and Woodside's goal is to help remove barriers and stigma that make people reluctant to get help.

      “Would you tell someone who’s diabetic they're addicted to their insulin? Would you tell someone with asthma they’re addicted to their inhaler?” Woodside said. “We look at Suboxone as a maintenance medicine for a disease that you have, just as if you’re diabetic.” 

      And getting people to cut down on drug abuse is “still so stigmatized,” Lair said. “We should be wanting people in medication-assisted treatment, because the alternative is crime to support the habit, DHS involvement,” he said.

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      Increased demand for treatment of substance use disorders involving fentanyl, providers say

      King 5

      The King County Council is considering a resolution that would declare fentanyl a public health crisis. Ideal Option, which offers medication-assisted treatment for opioids, alcohol and other substance use disorders, says its seen a significant increase in patients seeking treatment for fentanyl.

      "First they will get assessed by a counselor and see what's needed there and then I will assess them and my main job honestly is to support the patient in their road of sobriety," Ideal Option's addiction medicine provider Martha Bankhead, PA-C said. "We are here, we're open, we're non-judgmental, we're low-barrier, basically my main job is to help and support you, anyway I can."

      Peer Outreach Specialist Rebekah Cantrell says she believes increasing access to treatment is key to giving people the help they need when they are willing to receive it.

      "A lot of times when you want to get into treatment, you're ready for treatment, it's not available that day," Cantrell said. "This disease- when we are feeling ready- we have to get in now. Not only to be able to spend those first few days with the patient, and help them get those supportive services, I'm that support with them, I humanize them, because oftentimes you're coming into treatment and you don't even feel like a human anymore because of how society has made you feel," Cantrell added.

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      Where she used to live out of a Jeep, she’s helping people in addiction

      Everett Herald

      Ideal Option's peer and community outreach specialist, April Provost, celebrated three years sober this year. Located in Western Washington, she spends her time between Snohomish, Skagit, and Whatcom county communities trying to help people recover from substance use disorder. April shares her inspiring personal journey to recovery, and more about Ideal Option and the peer outreach program.

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      Ideal Option Opens Low-Barrier Outpatient Addiction Medicine Clinic In Conway, Arkansas

      OPEN MINDS

      Outpatient addiction treatment provider organization Ideal Option opened a new clinic in Conway, Arkansas. The clinic provides evidence-based medication-assisted treatment (MAT) led by an onsite clinical professional. Treatment is available for addiction to methamphetamine, fentanyl, heroin, alcohol, and other substances.

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      All Time High

      The Source Weekly

      Overdose deaths exceeded 100,000 for the first time in United States history in 2021, driven largely by an estimated 71,238 deaths from fentanyl, a synthetic opioid that is 100 times more potent than morphine. Opioid overdoses accounted for 25 deaths per 100,000 people in 2021, up 15% from the year before.

      "I'm seeing an uptick in the fentanyl market, of people who are just seeking fentanyl," said Josh Lair, community outreach coordinator at Ideal Option, a medical provider specializing in medication-assisted treatment. "For one, it's cheaper, and two, the high is way more extraordinary than just heroin. The problem is that the high is not as long, so it's having individuals seek the drug more often than heroin."

      One recurring theme among people involved in substance abuse treatment is the need to destigmatize discussions about drug use, as it keeps people who may seek treatment underground. "You want property crimes to go down? Have people engaged in treatment. You want people to not have their children taken from them and put into the foster care system? Help them, encourage them to engage in treatment, that's how things start to change," Lair said.

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      IDEAL OPTION FEATURED: Kennewick business provides booze-free wine, beer and spirits

      KAPP-KVEW

      Chuck and Marlys Aspinwall of Kennewick, WA created Kindred Spirits - Alcohol-free drink alternatives. “During the pandemic we just found that we were drinking a little bit too much and for health reasons we decided, we’re done,” Marlys Aspinwall said.

      Cheif Medical Officer at Ideal Option, Brian Dawson, said they’ve seen an increase in patients needing help with alcohol use disorder throughout the pandemic. “It’s been a much bigger problem now that patients have that sense of isolation and they often turn to alcohol abuse,” he said.

      Dr. Dawson said it’s important to pay attention to how much you’re drinking. He said if alcohol starts to have wide-reaching effects on your life, it’s time to seek help. “You know, your social connections, your ability to work, your ability to function, maybe legal ramifications and things like that,” he explained.

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      Ideal Option addiction treatment center opens Rio Rancho location

      Rio Rancho Observer

      Ideal Option, an outpatient medication-assisted treatment program for substance use disorder, just opened it's fourth clinic in New Mexico. Ideal Option's Cheif Medical Officer, Dr. Brian Dawson, said Ideal Option saw a big increase in people using fentanyl in the form of pressed pills and counterfeit pills, as well as meth, in Rio Rancho.

      “(Fentanyl) seems to be the primary opioid that’s now flooding the markets in Rio Rancho and throughout New Mexico,” Dawson said. “It’s often times much easier to transport, but it’s much more deadly. So, it’s creating a lot more problems.”

      “Essentially, we go where there seems to be a need… Some (states) seem to be lacking some of those extensive resources, so we tend to go to states that we know there’s enough of a population in need,” Dawson said, adding Medicaid patients are prioritized.

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      Rep. McMorris Rodgers hosts fentanyl roundtable

      Washington Examiner

      Eastern Washington Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers held a roundtable to discuss the threat of fentanyl trafficking in the region. She said fentanyl seizures in Spokane County had increased 1,100% in recent years. She also noted that fentanyl distribution and overdose rates in Spokane County were high enough that the DEA had recently launched Operation Engage. The initiative will use a comprehensive community approach to wage a war against fentanyl.

      McMorris Rodgers was told by several people at the roundtable that education played a key role in turning the situation around. However, without removing the stigma tied to conversations about drug use and deaths, it would be difficult to get schools, churches and community organizations to engage their spheres of influence.

      Tim Kilgallon, CEO of Ideal Option, said accountability played a big role in recovery from addiction. He said behavioral changes often came about when people had lost everything and were ready to get better. When they arrive at that point, he said the community needed to have the resources to support their efforts, something that McMorris could help obtain.

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      Even with Telehealth as New Normal, Many Behavioral Health Providers Keep Pursuing De Novo Growth

      Behavioral Health Business

      Telehealth has swiftly taken over many aspects of outpatient visits in the behavioral health industry in the past few years. For that reason, it may seem surprising that many behavioral health providers are continuing to build de novo centers for in-person care.

      Patient connection seems to be driving de novo growth in Ideal Option's outpatient medication-assisted treatment for substance use disorder clinics. The company sees telehealth usage as supplementary but it has become a “staple and part of our business now since the onset of the pandemic", Ideal Option's CEO Tim Kilgallon said.

      Telehealth is good for handling overflow visits or accommodating the unique needs of specific patients. Patients that are in long-term recovery also benefit from telehealth use.

      “[Telehealth is] really not a replacement for in-clinic treatment,” Kilgallon said. “I thought this would really accelerate a migration away from in-clinic towards telemedicine for our business. But it didn’t do that. It didn’t do that at all. What we saw is that when we relied too much on it, people relapsed.”

      Ideal Option’s experience is that patients prefer to get care via in-person visits when they are in the earlier stages of recovery, Kilgallon said, adding that the sense of support and community needed to facilitate recovery can’t be replicated via telehealth. He also cited an accountability element. When it comes to medication-assisted therapies, he said that people who have seen their lives and health degraded by addiction need more from providers than just a prescription.

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      Finding Hope: Medication-based addiction treatment center helps Idahoans in recovery

      Idaho News 6

      Ideal Option's provider Penny Buckland, FNP, peer outreach specialist Jenna Dodele, and patients Miles and Brian discuss addiction, recovery, and the importance of easy access to treatment. While there are many kinds of addiction treatment, Ideal Option is one of the few places using medication to reach recovery. Buckland said the medication-based care is helping her patients achieve sobriety.

      "People are able to stabilize and able to go about their lives. They're able to work, hold down a job, take care of their families, go to school," Buckland said. "(They can) do all those normal kinds of things that people do without their addiction running their lives."

      Jenna Dodele recovered from her addiction through the clinic. Now stabilized, Dodele helps patients find their path to sobriety.

      "People think that recovery is a straight line, that it's linear. It's not," she said. "It has a cycle to it. To understand that process, and to be non-punitive with that process — because it is a process, is one of the kindest things that you can offer someone."

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      Federal and local law enforcement agencies working to take down drug trafficking related to rise in opioid deaths

      5 News

      Ideal Option's Arkansas community outreach coordinator Aaron Bunch discusses the rise of fentanyl in new patients and the stigma surrounding addiction, after the DEA warns that fentanyl overdoses are increasing.

      "We're seeing a 106% increase in fentanyl positive rate when they come in as a new patient, this is exploding," Bunch said.

      "It's the stigma that prevents people from seeking treatment," Bunch added.

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      Ideal Option data shows effectiveness of specialized treatment for fentanyl, meth use

      Bonners Ferry Herald

      Ideal Option has released its 2021 Annual Report of outcomes for patients living in Idaho State. The report contains an aggregated view of patients’ geographic and demographic characteristics, their stage and duration of care, adherence to medication, and their substance use over time based on lab specimens regularly collected during 2021 from more than 660 patients.

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      Ideal Option clinic tackles Bonneville County opioid crisis

      KID Newsradio

      Ideal Option hosted an open house at their Idaho Falls clinic. Community members could meet the staff, learn what Ideal Option does, and discuss local efforts to tackle the worsening opioid crisis.

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      Ideal Option data shows effectiveness of specialized treatment for fentanyl, meth use

      Coeur d'Alene Press

      Ideal Option has released its 2021 Annual Report of outcomes for patients living in Idaho State. The report contains an aggregated view of patients’ geographic and demographic characteristics, their stage and duration of care, adherence to medication, and their substance use over time based on lab specimens regularly collected during 2021 from more than 660 patients.

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      Ideal Option clinic tackles Bonneville County opioid crisis

      Local News 8

      Ideal Option hosted an open house at their Idaho Falls clinic. Community members could meet the staff, learn what Ideal Option does, and discuss local efforts to tackle the worsening opioid crisis.

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      Ideal Option data shows effectiveness of specialized treatment for fentanyl, meth use

      Bonner County Dailey Bee

      Ideal Option has released its 2021 Annual Report of outcomes for patients living in Idaho State. The report contains an aggregated view of patients’ geographic and demographic characteristics, their stage and duration of care, adherence to medication, and their substance use over time based on lab specimens regularly collected during 2021 from more than 660 patients.

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      Ideal Option Featured: Kennewick Police respond to ‘hero’ 8-year-old who called 9-11 for dad

      KAPP-KVEW

      Ideal Option's Chief Medical Officer Dr. Brian Dawson discussed the increase and inpact of addiction-related overdoses in Tri Cities, WA after a child found their father unresponsive from an overdose. 

      “We’re actually seeing an increase in overdoses in the Tri-Cities. About 50 percent of our patients are presenting at Ideal Option with Fentanyl in their system,” Dawson said.

      "Addiction has a lasting impact on several family members particularly hits the children the most. They’re relying on their parents to give them guidance and when they’re suffering from addiction it can be destructive for the family, so it’s really important that families know they have the ability to seek out treatment,” he added.

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      Addiction Treatment Clinic Opens in Glasgow

      The Glasgow Courier

      Ideal Option's provider Victoria Collier, NP and community outreach coordinator Kimberly Hill discuss the launch of our new Glasgow clinic and the importance of easy access to specialized treatment during a time of increasing overdose deaths in Montana.

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      New addiction treatment clinic in Glasglow brings new hope for Montana drug crisis

      Montana Right Now

      Ideal Option's provider Victoria Collier, NP and patient Rita Espinoza discuss the opening of Ideal Option's new clinic in Glasgow, MT and positive impact that medication-assisted treatment has on individuals suffering from substance use disorder in rural communities.

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      Addiction and overdose death impact on Northwest Arkansas and River Valley

      KNWA Fox 24

      Ideal Option's provider Andy Miller, ARNP and patient Jim Northcutt, discuss the recent spike in fentanyl overdoses in Northwest Arkansas and the positive impact that medication-assisted treatment has on individuals suffering from substance use disorder.

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      Local treatment center teaching the community about opioid crisis

      KEZI 9 News

      Ideal Option invited the community to their Eugene, OR clinic for an open house where individuals could meet staff, learn what they do, and discuss local efforts to tackle the worsening opioid crisis.

      “There is still such a huge stigma around addiction, and there is an even bigger stigma around people desiring to get help. What we want people to know is that Ideal Option is here, we're open and we want to help. We want people to know that we're a low barrier medical assistant treatment program and that all they have to do is pick up the phone or they can even walk in,” Ideal Option's Community Outreach Coordinator, Josh Lair, said.  

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      2 new addiction centers opening in North Idaho

      KXLY News

      An outpatient medication-assisted treatment program, Ideal Option, is opening new clinics in Sandpoint and Kellogg. It received the state’s “response to the opioid crisis” grant and saw the biggest need to help in the panhandle. The new clinics are inside the Panhandle Health District Buildings so treatment is more visible and accessible.

      Dr. Rick Mattis is one of the doctors who’s helping people find freedom from addiction at Ideal Option. He says the new clinics couldn’t come at a better time as more people struggle with drugs if they’re lonely or isolated during the holidays. “You have to come to them where they are right now, and opening the two clinics will make us much closer to being able to do that,” said Mattis.

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      Addiction Treatment Program Begins

      The Source Weekly

      The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is partnering with Ideal Option to roll out a new program: Operation Guardian Angel. The program is aimed at diverting more people who possess illicit substances for personal use into recovery and away from the criminal justice system by inviting individuals to voluntarily surrender their illicit substances and paraphernalia for safe disposal – no questions asked – and transfer over to Ideal Option to get started with outpatient treatment.

      "This is just an opportunity for people to minimize the stigma behind drug addiction, and to capture the community as a whole coming together and to make access to services, access to treatment, that much easier," said Josh Lair, communication coordinator for Ideal Option. "It also helps eliminate that us-against-them mentality and barrier by law enforcement by saying, 'Hey, we're not here to judge you. We're not here to condemn you. We're not here to punish you. If you want help, we want to help get you that help.'"

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      Grant funds new drug treatment clinics

      Bonner County Daily Bee

      Ideal Option has opened two new addiction treatment clinics within the Panhandle Health District offices in Kellogg and Sandpoint thanks to a state-funded grant. Kellogg and Sandpoint were selected to receive the clinics based on conversations with numerous organizations in the area which identified the two communities and needing addiction treatment resources. Ideal Option offers outpatient medication-assisted treatment to help individuals suffering from substance use disorder.

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      Two new addiction treatment programs open in Kellogg and Sandpoint

      KHQ

      Ideal Option has opened two new addiction treatment clinics within the Panhandle Health District offices in Kellogg and Sandpoint thanks to a state-funded grant. Ideal Option offers outpatient medication-assisted treatment to help individuals suffering from substance use disorder.

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      Two addiction treatment programs open to new patients in North Idaho

      The Spoksman-Review

      Thanks to a state-funded grant, two new addiction treatment clinics for people are now open in North Idaho, one in Sandpoint and one in Kellogg.

      Ideal Option, a provider with addiction treatment clinics in other parts of Idaho including Coeur d’Alene, received an award through the Idaho’s Response to the Opioid Crisis program to open the clinics within the Panhandle Health District offices in Kellogg and Sandpoint. Ideal Option offers medication-assisted treatment, an evidence-based option for people struggling with opioid addiction, as well as treatment options for people addicted to alcohol and other stimulants like methamphetamine or cocaine.

      “Getting people the help they need in treatment and recovery is a top priority in our response to the increase of substance use in our community,” Kelsey Orlando, a program manager at Panhandle Health District, said in a news release. “Partnering with Ideal Option to have treatment services available in two of the counties we serve is exciting to meet the needs of our region.”

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      Grant funds new Kellogg, Sandpoint drug treatment clinics

      Coeur d'Alene Press

      Recent funding through the State of Idaho’s “Idaho’s Response to the Opioid Crisis” award provided some extra resources to help fight substance use are now available in Sandpoint and Kellogg. Ideal Option received just over $200,000 to kickstart hybrid satellite clinics in both cities. These clinics will be run in collaboration with the Panhandle Health District at their already established offices in Sandpoint and Kellogg.

      “Our biggest thing is that we want to provide low-barrier treatment options for individuals struggling with substance abuse disorder and really being a safe, non-judgement(al) place for them as they work through recovery,” Ideal Option program evaluator and epidemiologist Katie Olson said.

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      Grant funds new Kellogg, Sandpoint drug treatment clinics

      Shoshone News Press

      Recent funding through the State of Idaho’s “Idaho’s Response to the Opioid Crisis” award provided some extra resources to help fight substance use are now available in Sandpoint and Kellogg.

      Ideal Option received just over $200,000 to kickstart hybrid satellite clinics in both cities. These clinics will be run in collaboration with the Panhandle Health District at their already established offices in Sandpoint and Kellogg.

      “We are grateful to have been chosen to receive the IROC award funded by the State Opioid Response Grant to expand our coverage in Northern Idaho and get the residents of Shoshone and Bonner Counties the help they need,” Ideal Option Program Evaluator and Epidemiologist Katie Olson said. “Co-locating with the Panhandle Health District is a huge opportunity for us to make addiction treatment more visible and accessible.”

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      Ideal Option opens an addiction treatment clinic in Idaho Falls

      Darik News

      According to the Idaho Drug Enforcement Administration, 1,900 Idaho residents have died from overdose deaths in the first year of the pandemic, compared to 264 deaths in 2019. Governor Little attributes the drug overdose jump to an abundance of cheap methamphetamine supplies and fentanyl.

      With the increase in substance use and overdose levels during the pandemic, the opening of Ideal Option comes at a time of great need. Ideal Option, a national leader in evidence-based treatment for addiction to fentanyl, methamphetamine, alcohol and other substances, is already welcoming new patients to Idaho Falls. 

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      Idaho Falls drug overdose deaths more than double previous years

      Post Register

      Idaho Falls is following the nation-wide trend of increased drug-related overdose deaths. According to the Idaho Falls Police Department, officers were dispatched to 51 opioid overdose-related emergencies between Jan. 1 and Nov. 30. Eleven of those emergencies resulted in an overdose death. 

      One organization working to help prevent drug overdoses in the Idaho Falls area is Ideal Option, a national leader in evidence-based treatment for addiction to fentanyl, methamphetamine, alcohol and other substances. Ideal Option cited the Idaho State Police in a Monday news release, who seized about 20,000 fentanyl pills in 2020. In 2019, ISP seized 195 pills and so far this year, nearly 28,000 pills have been seized.

      “Among our Idaho patients, 42% tested positive for fentanyl at enrollment in September 2021 — a 242% increase over September 2020,” said Tim Kilgallon, CEO of Ideal Option, in the release. “Our providers are ready and equipped to manage patients dependent on fentanyl. Ideal Option has developed clinical protocols designed specifically to assist patients through the difficult transition phase from fentanyl to buprenorphine.”

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      Deschutes SO, partner launch ‘Operation Guardian Angel,’ a medication-aided treatment program

      KTVZ News

      The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is partnering with Ideal Option to roll out a new program. Operation Guardian Angel is aimed at diverting more people who possess illicit substances for personal use into recovery and away from the criminal justice system.

      A kick-off event will take place Dec. 10, 11:00 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Ideal Option clinic in Bend, located at 404 NE Penn Ave. Individuals are invited to voluntarily surrender their illicit substances and paraphernalia for safe disposal – no questions asked – and transfer over to Ideal Option to get started with outpatient treatment.

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      Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Launches Operation Guardian Angel

      Cascade Business News

      The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is partnering with Ideal Option, a national leader in outpatient medication-assisted treatment for addiction, to roll out their new program: Operation Guardian Angel. The program is aimed at diverting more people who possess illicit substances for personal use into recovery.

      In November 2020, Oregon voted in favor of Measure 110, the Drug Addiction Treatment & Recovery Act. While the full effect of Measure 110 has yet to be realized, the data so far is underwhelming. A five-month study by the Oregon Department of Justice showed that out of 1,085 citations issued for drug possession since the Measure was enacted into law last February, only three assessment/screening verifications were received and 400 people failed to appear for their court date.

      Operation Guardian Angel, modeled after successful programs in other states, is designed to empower those in the community who are struggling with the disease of addiction to come forward without fear of legal repercussions and begin their recovery with medication-assisted treatment. 

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      Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office launches 'Operation Guardian Angel'

      The Redmond Spokesman
      The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is partnering with Ideal Optionto roll out its new program, Operation Guardian Angel. Operation Guardian Angel is designed to empower those in the community who are struggling with the disease of addiction to come forward without fear of legal repercussions and begin their recovery with medication-assisted treatment. Individuals are invited to voluntarily surrender their illicit substances and paraphernalia for safe disposal and transfer immediately to Ideal Option to be enrolled in their evidence-based outpatient treatment program.

      Fentanyl dealers could now face murder charges in King County

      KING5

      Jesse and Kierra Fisher need a few moments to count all of the friends they've lost this past year due to a drug overdose. As they look back, they can see one common theme: fentanyl. The couple is in treatment at Ideal Option and getting their life back on track. Regaining custody of their six children is making life feel whole again. "If somebody would have told me I would be doing anything like this a year ago I would have told you guys all you're crazy," said Kierra.

      Fentanyl is surging through communities across the U.S. because it's cheap, easy to sell and takes the place of heroin and prescription drugs for someone looking to get a quick high. In 2021, 418 people died of a fatal drug overdose in Washington state as of September, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And 46% were due to fentanyl. Now, King County prosecutors are launching a new effort to try and disincentivize the sale of fentanyl by going after the drug dealers themselves and charging them with murder.

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      In-Store Pharmacy Addiction Treatment

      KTUU

      An addiction treatment program, Ideal Option, opened it's first Carrs-Safeway location in Alaska (third in the United States) to offer medication-assisted treatment and education inside Carrs' Wellness Center. This collaboration aims to reduce stigma and misinformation around substance abuse, as well as expand access to evidence-based addiction treatment.

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      Ideal Option Treatment Clinic Opens Inside Carrs-Safeway Anchorage

      Our Community Now

      Ideal Option, a national leader in evidence-based medication-assisted treatment for substance use disorder, and Carrs-Safeway, one of the largest grocery retail chains in Alaska, have teamed up to make recovery from addiction easier to sustain.

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      Ideal Option Treatment Clinic Opens Inside Carrs-Safeway Anchorage

      Alaska Business

      The Anchorage Carrs-Safeway is the third location to open an Ideal Option clinic inside its Wellness Center this year. This collaboration is a ground-breaking initiative that signifies an enormous step toward reducing stigma and the mainstreaming of addiction treatment.

      “Carrs-Safeway is dedicated to supporting Anchorage area residents with all the resources they need to stay healthy and safe,” says David Green, Director of Pharmacy Operations at Safeway. “Through this collaboration with Ideal Option, we are able to offer patients a safe, friendly and convenient place to check in with their treatment provider and stay on the path to long term recovery.”

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      Ground-Breaking Addiction Treatment Center Aims To Battle Seattle’s Opioid Epidemic

      Opioid News and Talk

      A groundbreaking new treatment center at a Safeway grocery store in Renton is making it easier for people with addiction problems to get the help they need. While it might seem out of place to have an addiction treatment center alongside egg and bread sourcing, Ideal Option said that was the point. Ideal Option's mission is to normalize addiction treatments and break down barriers for those seeking help, with data showing a growing need.

      “Individuals struggling with addiction are often judged in their communities. And based on that judgment and their fear of healthcare facilities, they will avoid treatment and not receive treatment, ”said Benjamin Rae, director of provider relations at Ideal Option.

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      New treatment center inside Safeway store getting people the help they need

      King5

      Ideal Option's groundbreaking new treatment clinic inside a Renton, WA Safeway store is hoping to destigmatize seeking help for addiction. 

      "Individuals struggling with addiction often times are judged in their communities, and based on that judgment and their fear of healthcare settings, will avoid and not seek treatment. We are hoping that we can be a helping hand," Benjamin Rae, Ideal Option's senior director of provider relations said.

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      Burien police seize over 40,000 fentanyl-laced tablets during arrest

      Q13 Fox News

      Fentanyl is on the rise in King County and health officials state that supportive help is crucial. Ideal Option's senior director of provider relations Benjamin Rae discusses the importance of access to treatment during this time.

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      King County seeing record number of fentanyl deaths this year

      Q13 Fox Seattle

      Ideal Option's senior director of provider relations Benjamin Rae, and one of their patients Shane O'brien discuss addiction and recovery, and the recent spike in fentanyl overdoses in King County.

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      Community forum in Las Cruces to focus on addiction, fentanyl

      Las Cruces Sun News

      Ideal Option is teaming up with Peak Behavioral Health to host an open house and community forum on International Overdose Awareness Day to remember those that have lost their lives to addiction and discuss fentanyl, a new driver behind the opioid crisis in New Mexico.

      The event will kick off with an open house where attendees can enjoy refreshments and learn more about the services provided by Ideal Option, Peak Behavioral Health, the Las Cruces Fire Department, New Mexico Department of Health, Doña Ana County Health and Human Services, the Unified Prevention (UP!) Coalition and ALT Recovery. Soon after, Las Cruces City Councilor Kasandra Gandara will give an official proclamation, talk about the opioid crisis in Las Cruces and introduce speakers. The community forum will be followed by a live Q&A and networking session.

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      Ideal Option deepens footprint in Washington state

      Behavioral Health Business

      Ideal Option opened it's newest facility in Marysville, WA. The clinic will treat patients for addiction to fentanyl, heroin, alcohol, and other substances. It accepts most forms of insurance, including Medicare and Medicaid.  

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      Fentanyl overdoses soaring as trends change

      Snohomish County Tribune

      Fentanyl is a main factor behind the increase in opioid overdoses in Snohomish County. Fentanyl is being synthesized and pressed into counterfeit oxycodone pills that mimic the real thing. People are also smoking it, and are seeking it out by name, from what Ideal Option's provider Bryan Blythe, PA-C has observed. 

      “75 percent of my new patients are fentanyl patients, and in jail (where he administers treatment), it’s 75 percent there," Blythe estimates. "And they’re specifically saying Fentanyl” is what they sought out as their drug of choice.

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      Drug overdoses soar in Central Oregon, nation

      The Bulletin

      The combination of a pandemic, rise in fentanyl, and lack of access to addiction treatment is what likely lead to Oregon seeing a nearly 70% increase in overdose deaths dyring April and May of 2020, compared to the same time in 2019

      Joshua Geer, a patient with Ideal Option, said the program has helped him stay clean. “They’re like my friends,” Geer said. “They’re helping me stay clean. I’ve seen so many people overdose. I always carry (naloxone). It’s super scary. One time, you can use, and it’s OK, but it’s not the next."

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      Ideal Option Opens Addiction Treatment Inside Safeway Grocery Store Wellness Center Space In Vancouver, Washington

      Open Minds

      Ideal Option, a national medication-assisted treatment provider organization, partnered with Safeway, a large grocery retailer, to provide addiction treatment services inside a Safeway wellness center in Vancouver, Washington. Safeway is the first national retailer to complement its in-store pharmacy services with addiction treatment.

      “Our partnership with Ideal Option represents Safeway’s commitment to the health and wellbeing of every community in which we operate,” said Stephen Certo, director of pharmacy for Oregon and Southern Washington at Safeway. “This is a natural extension of the robust wellness offerings found throughout our stores. We’re excited to offer our customers access to medication-assisted treatment and welcome all those who need help with open arms.”

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      Behavioral Health Provider Ideal Option’s Partnership with Safeway: Reflections on an Entire Industry

      The Braff Group

      With the added stressors brought on by the pandemic, the demand for substance abuse treatment is enormous – and growing. A partnership between Safeway grocery store and Ideal Option, a medication-assisted treatment program for individuals suffering from substance use disorder, is arguably the next step in the progression of the addiction medicine industry.

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      WA: Ideal Option, Safeway Partner to Bring MAT Clinic Inside Grocery Store

      Overdose Prevention Strategies

      Ideal Option's newest clinic inside of a Safeway grocery store in Vancouver, Washington is part of Ideal Option’s broader effort to destigmatize addiction treatment. This partnership is believed to be the first that puts an addicion medicine provider in a national retailer’s in-store pharmacy.

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      Ideal Option Opens Evidence-Based Addiction Treatment Clinic In Puyallup, Washington

      Open Minds

      Ideal Option, an evidence-based addiction treatment clinic, has opened a clinic in Puyallup, Washington – it's first clinic in Pierce County. State data indicates that about 78% of Medicaid beneficiaries in Pierce County who have opioid use disorder are not receiving treatment.

      “We have seen more than 500 hundred patients in our south King County locations who have traveled from the Puyallup area, and that number is only going to increase as the pandemic winds down,” Ideal Option's CEO Tim Kilgallon stated. “Opening a location in Puyallup will make it much easier for our patients who live in Pierce County to stay in recovery and help many more patients start their recovery journey.”

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      Safeway, Ideal Option team to break addiction stigma

      KOIN 6

      With overdose deaths increasing in Washington State over the past year, Ideal Option's new clinic inside the Safeway Wellness Center strives to reach more people needing addiction treatement. By having addiction treatment accessible in a grocery store, it removes barriers and breaks down stigma, and makes getting help visible and accessible during everyday errands.

      “People have a certain stereotype in mind when they think of a drug addict, but what they don’t realize is they’re sitting next to them in the boardroom. It’s not just that homeless person on the street,” Ideal Option's provider Susan Mitchell said. “This is where I think this partnership will help, by people that are coming and going who look just like your cousin, your sister. We have families who come here.”

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      Ideal Option, Safeway Partner to Bring MAT Clinic Inside Grocery Store

      Behavioral Healthcare Executive

      Ideal Option has partnered with Safeway to provide medication-assisted treatment services inside the wellness center at a Safeway store in Vancouver, Washington. The partnership is believed to be the first that puts an addiction medicine provider in a national retailer’s in-store pharmacy.

      “We have so much respect for Safeway’s courage and vision for making treatment for substance use disorder as broadly available as any other medical service. It’s past time for society to accept substance use disorder as a chronic condition, just like diabetes, and refrain from judging those who are afflicted with it. In welcoming Ideal Option into their stores, Safeway is helping to shape the future of recovery from this disorder and in doing so, will save countless lives,” Ideal Option CEO Tim Kilgallon said.

      The clinic inside the Safeway grocery store is part of Ideal Option’s broader effort to destigmatize addiction treatment. “It will take a while to change that perception among patients and others in the community, but we want to be part of that movement toward making this an accepted thing that people can deal with without feeling ashamed,” Sharen Ross, Ideal Option's VP of Marketing and Community Development said.

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      ‘The Wave of the Future’: Ideal Option, Safeway Partner to Open In-Store MAT Clinic

      Behavioral Health Business

      Ideal Option has opened their newest Washington clinic in the Wellness Ceter of a Vancouver Safeway. Ideal Option decided to co-locate the clinic at the store after noticing that many of its patients were having issues getting to pharmacies to pick up their prescriptions. By partnering with a grocery store to house a MAT clinic at its pharmacy, patients can begin their medication regimen immediately, with injections from pharmacists done onsite.

      “We really liked the idea of co-locating with a pharmacy so that patients could essentially see their provider and pick up their prescription within an hour, in the same place, under the same roof,” Sharen Ross, Ideal Option’s VP of Marketing and Community Development said

      “Hospitals have pharmacies inside of them for a reason,” Skyler Glatt, Ideal Option’s director of Business development said. “That’s probably the closest that this model would come to, which is the connection between providers, pharmacies and hospitals. I would say that this is probably the wave of the future.”


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      Arkansas sees increase in opioid-related deaths

      KNWA Fox 24

      As opioid-related deaths continue to rise across Arkansas, access to treatment is crucial to get opioid addiction under control. "Once people have established opioid use disorder, once it becomes established, it behaves like a lot of chronic recurring medical conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, asthma, COPD," Ideal Option provider Dr. James Meserow said.

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      New addiction clinic in Vancouver grocery store tries to break down treatment barriers

      KATU

      Ideal Option has partnered with Safeway to open a clinic for patients battling substance use disorder inside the store's Wellness Center in Vancouver, WA. This partnership makes Safeway the first national retailer to partner their in-store pharmacy services with an addiction medicine provider. The partnership is "A bold progressive move that reflects both a decrease in the stima traditionally surrounding addiction, and the urgency to counter the surge in substance use during the pandemic," Ideal Option staff said.

      The partnership allows patients their medication, right after their appointment, right next door. Ideal Option's provider Lindsey Barnett, ARNP, adds that time is critical with someone is reaching out for help. "When they want help, they need help then. Right then. That's when we need to help them. This allows us to do everything all right then and get them started before something else happens, or something deters them, or something comes in their life and they can't make it to the next appointment or the pharmacy and get their medication," she said.

      Ideal Option patient, Tyran Schelling, agrees. "It's a huge benefit. It's almost like and death for some people that are just starting off," he said.

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      New clinic aimed at helping opioid addiction in River Valley

      5NEWS

      Ideal Option opened a new location in Fort Smith, as overdose related death rates continue to increase in the area. "In Sebastian County, we had an overdose death increase by 220% from 2019 to 2020," said Dan Goulette, Ideal Option's Regional Provider in Arkansas. Dan adds that since opening the Ideal Option in Fort Smith, they have welcomed 350 new patients to the clinic. "Our goal is to assess the patient holistically, initiate medication to manage the opioid use disorder, and set the patient up for successful long-term recovery," he said. 

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      Ideal Option opens new SUD treatment center

      Behavioral Health Business

      Ideal Option's new location opens in Puyallup as overdose death rates in Pierce County have been higher than the rest of the state. Over three-quarters of Pierce County residents who are on Medicaid are not getting the opioid use disorder treatment they need.

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      New clinic opens in Puyallup aimed at helping opioid addiction

      Q13 Fox Seattle

      Individuals struggling with opioid addiction in Pierce County now have new resources for assistance. Ideal Option, a medication-assistance treatment center specializing in the treatment of opioids, alcohol, and methamphetamine announces the opening of their new outpatient clinic in Puyallup's underserved community. 

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      Managing addiction recovery over the holidays, during a pandemic

      KGW8

      This time of year is especially hard, said Dr. Brian Dawson, Ideal Option's senior medical director, in an interview with KGW news. "Particularly around the holidays, stress, COVID and the isolation that people are feeling is causing a lot of problems for people," he said.  Dr. Dawson adds that it's crucial to stay connected. Whether it's volunteering, being with friends or  reaching out for help, the connection is key.

      Ideal Option patient, Joshua Geer, said he's found that advice works for him. "I had to go to meetings, on top of going to the clinic, and I had to build a group of sober friends to help me," he said. 

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      Coronavirus holidays create unique challenges for those in recovery

      KBOO

      The coronavirus pandemic has created a challenging holiday season this year, and it's doubly so for those with substance use disorder. KBOO's Annette Newell talks to Ideal Option's addiction medicine provider, Daniel Goulette, PA-C about why the holiday season is more challenging for those fighting relapse. Newell also speaks with an Ideal Option patient about what this time of year means, and the advice they offer to individuals maintaining their sobriety this holiday season. 

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      Hope for the holidays: Tips on staying in recovery

      KOIN 6

      The coronavirus pandemic has made the battle even tougher for those recovering from addiction. As we look forward to a new year, Ideal Option is helping keep patients on the right track. Ideal Option's Dr. Brian Dawson offers tips on staying in recovery and handling stress during the holidays, how to get back on track if you slip up, and when to seek professional help.

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      Hillsboro Ideal Option offers help during the holidays

      Hillsboro Tribune

      Hillsboro NewsTimes talked to Ideal Option's addiction medicine provider, Daniel Goulette, PA-C, to discuss ways to manage stress, family dynamics, and the impacts of COVID-19 for those in recovery during the holiday season.

      "Journaling is really powerful," Goulette said. "It can help process anxiety and work through some of the complex emotions surrounding that particular cue or trigger. I also recommend reaching out to recovery support. Sometimes in periods of struggle, the instinct is to kind of fold in on yourself, but it's important to reach out to those who support your recovery. That can be a sponsor or a counselor."

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      Helpful holiday tips to keep your recovery on track

      KATU 2 Vancouver

      KATU 2 ABC News interviewed Ideal Option patient Jaelyn Phillips and addiction medicine provider Lindsey Huckett on ways to navigate the holiday season while in recovery from substance use disorder. 

      “We always see relapses during the holidays, but it’s much worse because of isolation and the rules and regulations that we need to follow to stay safe," Ideal Option's addiction medicine provider, Lindsey Huckett, ARNP, FNP-C told KATU News.

      Kittitas County jail to begin new medication-assisted treatment program

      KIMA TV

      The Kittitas County jail will be starting a brand new program to medically treat addicted inmates after receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal money. Kittitas County has announced it's receiving $600,000 in federal funds to help treat inmates addicted to drugs.

      "One of the things that we're doing is you're taking a person who's on opioids which will often cause death if you don't treat them in jail. You're now treating them with lifesaving medication," says Dr. Jeff Allgaier, the co-founder of Ideal Option, a center that provides medication-assisted treatment. He says of the partnership between Ideal Option and the Benton County Jail has seen tremendous results, "I can tell you that the recidivism rates have plummeted."

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      Patients detail recovery from addiction during Congressman Trone visit

      The Frederick News-Post

      In a small office space in a business park on Thomas Johnson Drive in Frederick, nearly half a dozen women gathered in a small circle with Rep. David Trone (D-Md.) and some staff members. The women were all patients at Ideal Option, a treatment clinic in Frederick that helps those recovering from addiction through medical-assisted treatment. One of them, a 57-year-old from Thurmont, started coming to the clinic once every three weeks in January. Read More

      Opioid recovery sessions find new success being online

      Snohomish County Tribune

      Every weekday morning, the camera goes live, and Geoff Godfrey is ready to greet a crowd of people. The viewers are at various places on the path to exiting opioid addiction. It’s a video visit through Facebook called “Recovery Gone Viral.” The core audience is people in programs run by the medical group Ideal Option. Godfrey is one of its addiction professionals. By all accounts, going online is working far beyond what the team dreamed. It’s made isolating at home feel less lonely. Read More

      Ideal Option to join San Juan County Partnership to help combat opioid epidemic in New Mexico

      KSJE 90.9FM

      When opening clinics to serve communities, it’s essential to partner with organizations already doing the work in those communities. In this interview with KSJE 90.9FM in Farmington, New Mexico, Amanda Evans with the San Juan County Partnership discusses how Ideal Option reached out to their Opioid Misuse and Prevention meeting for collaboration. Soon to open in Farmington, Ideal Option plans to partner with San Juan County Partnership and other organizations to facilitate warm handoff referrals and help those struggling with opiate use disorder in the Four Corners region. Watch More

      Opioid treatment firm opens in Pocatello, Boise and online

      Idaho Business Review

      Individuals struggling with opioid addiction in Idaho have new resources for assistance. Ideal Option, a company specializing in the treatment of Opioid Use Disorder, announced the opening of two new outpatient clinics in Boise and Pocatello as well as the launch of a virtual clinic on April 14. Read More

      Substance use disorder treatment can now be offered through virtual appointments

      KIDK TV

      Social isolation, increased anxiety and struggles with substance abuse may be another rising epidemic in our neighborhoods. Dr. Richard Mattis, at the substance use disorder clinic 'Ideal option,' tells us the underlying issues."Can't get them to see their doctor because their doctor's office isn't open. You know lost their job. Can't get refills on medications. So COVID-19 has created kind of a train wreck nightmare across the nation, for a lot of our patients." Watch More

      Silent battle: People recovering from addiction facing new challenges in quarantine

      ABC FOX Montana

      While the best thing for many people is to stay inside and limit contact with other people, for those recovering from a substance use disorder, those conditions can lead to a relapse. At Ideal Option, an addiction treatment center, sessions are now being done through a computer screen. Addiction medicine provider Sheri Bagley says she's seen some of her patients start to spiral in the wake of COVID. Watch More

      Ideal Option opens virtual clinic for opioid use disorder

      Minot Daily News

      Ideal Option, a national leader in evidence-based treatment for addiction to opioids, alcohol and other substances, has launched a “Virtual Clinic” for new and existing patients to get addiction treatment via video chat from home or a location of their choice. Read More

      Virtual clinic for opioid use disorder opens amid COVID-19 pandemic. Thousands of North Dakota residents vulnerable to relapse and overdose can now access medication-assisted treatment without leaving home. READ MORE

      Thousands of North Dakota residents vulnerable to relapse and overdose can now access medication-assisted treatment without leaving home. READ MORE

      Demand continues to grow for national addiction treatment center

      What started as a small clinic grew into a veritable campus and epicenter for a national chain of treatment clinics that currently serve thousands of patients. Dr. Jeff Allgaier and Dr. Ken Egli opened the first Ideal Option in Kennewick in 2012 after recognizing the overwhelming need for long-term treatment options for patients with substance addictions. Now with 65 clinics in 8 states, demand continues to grow. Read More

      New clinic opens in Salem to treat opioid addiction

      A new choice to get help has opened up in Salem as more options emerge to give those struggling with opioid addiction a way out of the vicious cycle. Staff at Ideal Option said people who need help can come in and be seen as soon as possible. This help is desperately needed, as statistics show that Oregon has the fourth-highest addiction rate of all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Yet, Oregon ranks 50th in access to treatment. Read More

      Opioid treatment in King County jails can reduce crime and suffering

      Seattle Times

      In Benton and Snohomish counties, comprehensive Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) programs are helping every opiate-using inmate entering their jails. The programs are deployed in partnership with Washington state-based treatment provider Ideal Option. Looking at this model with an eye toward King County, several opportunities emerge at little cost to the taxpayer, whether at the King County Correctional Facility downtown, its West Wing Shelter or the Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent. Read More

      How a small county jail runs a large-scale addiction program for inmates

      KOMO 4 News

      Benton County Jail has implemented a medication-assisted treatment program for inmates addicted to opioids. Partnering with Ideal Option, the program includes Ideal Option doctors and medical staff inside the jail. They counsel inmates, as well as prescribe, and learn about the issues they face. Once inmates are released from jail, they continue treatment at Ideal Option. Read More

      Road to Recovery North Dakota: Her drug dealers were her doctors

      KXNet

      “By the grace of God, Ideal Option opened in Bismarck February 21st of 2018, and I was their very first patient at 8:30 in the morning…and the doctors were amazing. They treated me like a human being,” said Ideal Option Patient Pamela Emmil.  Read More

      Road to Recovery: Getting help without getting high. Read More

      Benton County Jail keeping treatment program despite shakeup

      KEPR

      It's been eight months since the Benton County Jail started a program to help inmates overcome their opioid addiction, and experts say they're impressed. Despite recent changes in leadership, the Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) program helping inmates get off opioids and into treatment while behind bars will continue. Read More

      Residents work on getting clean with medication

      Walla Walla Union Bulletin

      People recovering from addiction — regardless of drug-use history — said getting clean has become easier with various treatments now available in Walla Walla. One such treatment option is Kennewick-based Ideal Option. Read More

      New center aims to curb opioid addiction in Prince George's County

      The Diamondback

      The new Ideal Option clinic in College Park focuses on providing medication that — when used correctly — can limit a patient’s opiate withdrawal symptoms and cravings and lessen the effects of opioid molecules in the brain. Read More

      Snohomish County Jail’s radical opioid plan

      KUOW

      Jails have two major barriers to offering the treatment. They don’t have enough prescribing doctors. To fill that gap, the jail has partnered with Ideal Option, a treatment provider that works with participants inside and outside the jail. Read More

      KIRO 7: Medication-assisted treatment program expands at Snohomish County Jail. Read More

      Everett Herald: County jail opens up opioid treatment to all inmates. Read More

      My Edmonds News: Snohomish County Jail expands medication-assisted treatment program. Read More

      New substance abuse treatment clinic praised by Frederick officials

      The Frederick News Post

      The Frederick police chief and several other public officials applauded the newest avenue for people struggling with substance abuse to get help during the opening of a substance abuse treatment clinic in the city Thursday. Read More

      Everett mayor hopes new opioid treatment center will address overcrowding in jails

      KOMO News

      Ideal Option's Everett treatment center, fitted with a medical lab and a behavioral health unit, will treat nearly 150 addicts per day. Ideal Option said they currently have 5,757 active patients, with 1,053 patients in Snohomish County. Read More

      Everett Herald: You go to the street because you're sick and it hurts. Read More

      My Everett News: Ideal Option opens larger opioid disorder treatment location in Everett. Read More

      Snohomish County Tribune: Stories pour in at Everett Ideal Option clinic's big reveal. Read More

      What does Oklahoma’s landmark ruling against drugmaker mean for Washington state?

      Q13 Fox

      People fighting addiction and those helping them told Q13 News that the ruling out of Oklahoma is encouraging. Q13 News sat down with Sherie Hurst White, who comes into Ideal Option every 3 weeks now to hold herself accountable. Read More

      Overdose snapshot gives eye-opening look at addiction crisis

      Everett Herald

      During one week in July, 27 people overdosed on opioids in Snohomish County. Two died. The statistical snapshot, released for the third straight year, shows how the local chemical dependency crisis continues to morph. Read More

      Fighting opioid addiction: Clark County has another ‘Ideal Option’

      The Reflector

      Vancouver officials and representatives of a regional health nonprofit gathered in the city’s downtown to celebrate the opening of a new medication-assisted treatment clinic, highlighting efforts to provide options for those in Clark County looking to beat their addiction. Read More

      Vancouver mayor welcomes new outpatient clinic aimed at tackling opioid crisis

      KATU

      The new downtown clinic is perfectly placed. Access to treatment is one of the biggest hurdles for an addict. Ideal Option will also be able to serve the houseless population, who often lack transportation. They also work to connect addicts in treatment to housing and job training services. Read More

      The Columbian: Ideal Option opens downtown clinic in Vancouver. Read More

      Opioid treatment center offers open house

      Walla Walla Union Bulletin

      Kennewick-based Ideal Option has been providing services in Walla Walla since 2017. The Main Street spot is part of its network of nearly 65 office-based opioid treatment clinics across eight states. Read More

      Opioid addiction clinic opens in Aberdeen

      The Daily World

      Ideal Option's new clinic in Aberdeen is the first ever to offer patient-friendly evening hours. The clinic has no wait lists and accepts all forms of insurance, including Medicaid. No member of the Grays Harbor community who needs treatment for addiction will be turned away. Read More

      Experimental jail program gets national attention, saves local lives

      KEPR

      The numbers behind America’s opioid crisis are daunting, with addiction destroying millions of lives in the last decade alone. An experimental program happening in the Tri-Cities is making waves nationally, turning the tide, and saving lives with the help of Ideal Option. Read More

      Drug abuse often leads to crime. Here is Benton County sheriff’s plan to break that cycle

      Tri-City Herald

      In February, Kennewick-based Ideal Option started providing a medication-assisted treatment program in the jail, which combines medicine to curb withdrawal symptoms along with counseling. Read More

      Four organizations receive $2 million grant to fight opioid crisis

      KEPR

      Ideal Option in Pasco, Kadlec Regional Medical Center and the Benton and Franklin County Sheriff's office received the money from the Washington Health Care Authority. Read More

      Tri-City Herald: Tri-Cities is getting $2 million to fight opioid addiction. Here’s why it’s unusual. Read More

      Bellingham clinic fighting opioid addiction with new treatment

      MyNorthwest

      A clinic in Bellingham is using an approach to treat opioid addiction in a way that’s showing very promising results. It’s called medication-assisted treatment, and it’s being used at Ideal Option Clinic, which Whatcom county officials consider as part of their fight against addiction. Read More

      KGMI FM: Clinic for opioid abuse treatment opens in Bellingham. Read More

      Lynden Tribune: Ideal Option opens office to combat opioid disorder. Read More

      Island County opioid outreach among most successful

      The Everett Herald

      Just after the second anniversary of its launch, the Island County Opioid Outreach program boasts one of the best rates of getting people into treatment in the region. Read More

      How the jail became one of the county’s biggest detox clinics

      The Everett Herald

      In January, the jail Snohomish County Jail launched one of the first programs in the state to offer detainees access to medication to ease withdrawals. It was one of five recently highlighted in a National Sheriffs’ Association report on jail-based medication-assisted treatment, also known as MAT. Read More

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