With opioid overdose deaths surging in Wisconsin, two methadone clinics have opened in Madison this year, giving the city four of the state-licensed centers.
Both of the new clinics, officially known as opioid treatment programs, also offer buprenorphine, or Suboxone, another medication used in addiction treatment. One provides naltrexone, or Vivitrol, the other drug approved to treat opioid addiction.
The doubling of Madison’s methadone clinics, which are required to give counseling along with medication, reflects a growing need for opioid addiction treatment, operators of the new clinics say.
Don Zukowski, owner of Psychological Addiction Services, or PAS, a methadone clinic, said the addiction medication is filled by dosing machines in the dosing room. PAS, which opened in January on East Washington Avenue, is in a building that was remodeled after Madison Health Services, also a methadone clinic, closed a few years ago.
It could also be a sign that the state is more fully embracing medication-assisted treatment to curb opioid abuse, which led to a record 883 overdose deaths last year, said a UW-Madison doctor who specializes in addiction treatment.
“The more access patients have to those different types of evidence-based treatment, the better,” said Dr. Aleksandra Zgierska, an assistant professor of family medicine who serves on Gov. Scott Walker’s Commission on Substance Abuse Treatment Delivery.
Source: Wisconsin State Journal