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Why do we need an opioid treatment facility in this community? | Opioid Addiction Treatment Services

Drug addiction ignores every socio-economic variable and finds its way into all communities. Treating addiction is far less costly than ignoring addiction. Demographic data on patients indicates that the vast majority of patients in treatment have long associations with the community as a person struggling with their disease. It is far better to provide and encourage treatment of the addicted patient than to ignore the problem and live in the community with those untreated. If left untreated, drug use will certainly not go away, and it will impact the community through public health diseases like tuberculosis, sexually transmitted diseases, HIV, and hepatitis. Additional community costs include unpaid emergency room visits, admission to medical and psychiatric facilities, criminal activities of active addicts supporting their addiction, and incarceration.

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Q: Will your treatment center increase crime in our community?

The presence of an Opioid Treatment Program (OTP) is statistically linked with exactly the reverse – i.e., reduced community criminal activity – and decreases in criminal behavior are greater the longer patients are in treatment. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Drug Abuse Treatment Outcome Study found that drug-offense arrests decline because OTP patients […]

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Words From Our Patients:

The methadone maintenance program at BHG has helped me tremendously to stay off heroin, and my counselor is great. She is down to earth, and I feel that she knows me. Without this program, I would surely be dead sooner or later, and it is helping me with my relationship with my fiancé.

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