CHDC recognizes that drug overdose deaths and opioidinvolved deaths continue to increase in the United States. The majority of drug overdose deaths (more than six out of ten) involve an opioid. Since 1999, the number of overdose deaths involving opioids (including prescription opioids and heroin) quadrupled. From 2000 to 2015 more than half a million people died from drug overdoses. 91 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose. https://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/opioids/index.html We have people right here in our community who are dying daily from overdose deaths. Who are these individuals? This can be anyone-your neighbor, daughter, son, friend, church member, niece, nephew-there is no “perfect” picture of who is at risk for overdosing or who has an opioid disorder. CHDC received a federal grant award and a Center of Excellence (COE) grant from the PA Department of Human Services to provide services for MAT (CHDC is not providing methadone services at this time) for our patients we serve in the Pottstown community and 15 mile radius of surrounding communities. What is important to understand is CHDC has a team of support for the Provider treating the patients. People need more than medication to succeed and CHDC has experienced staff to assist-registered nurse, licensed clinical social workers, licensed practical nurses, intense case management support, certified recovery specialists and many other support staff who have received training to understand how to treat this disease-yes, a disease, not an addiction. I personally believe that everyone needs to understand this is a disease because the stereotypical image of an “addict” needs to go away. Unfortunately, this disease can affect anyone at any age with any income level. CHDC is here to help our community and coordinate care for patients that may need all levels of care, such as dental, vision, OBGYN, integrated behavioral health, MAT- your patient centered home at CHDC. CHDC provides free transportation to and from our locations and has the staff on site to assist with social and economic barriers in people’s lives with a personal connection with our caring staff. If you know someone who you may suspect of having an opioid disorder, do not wait one more day to get them connected to services as it could very well be their last chance.

 

-Bridgette McGivern, CEO