Ideal Option Releases Patient Outcomes Data to Show Effectiveness of Specialized Treatment for Fentanyl and Methamphetamine Use

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Using lab data from 7,000+ Washington State patients, the report provides indisputable support for the efficacy of addiction treatment that combines specialist providers, medication, and regular lab testing.

Ideal Option, a national leader in outpatient medication-assisted treatment for addiction to opioids, methamphetamine, alcohol and other substances, has released its 2021 Annual Patient Outcomes Report for patients living in Washington State.

This 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 7,000 patients.

The data support the effectiveness of treating addiction with FDA-approved medications combined with regular lab testing to verify medication adherence, create accountability, and ensure patient safety.

Among Washington State patients who remained in treatment from initiation to the maintenance stage of care during 2021, the report shows:

  • 93% less total opioid use
  • 98% less fentanyl use
  • 95% less heroin use
  • 87% less methamphetamine use
  • 67% less benzodiazepine use

The report also reveals a significant escalation in synthetic drug use in 2021 among enrolling patients, particularly fentanyl. Fentanyl positive rates at enrollment were up by 134% displacing heroin positive rates which were down by 58% compared to 2020. In addition, 47% of patients tested positive for multiple substances at enrollment, most commonly methamphetamine and opioids. Although no FDA-approved medications exist for treating isolated stimulant use disorder, Ideal Option’s data reveals that buprenorphine is highly effective for reducing methamphetamine use among polysubstance users.

“Over the 2020-21 period, positive rates for fentanyl eclipsed the use of all other types of opioids in the enrolling population.” said Tim Kilgallon, CEO at Ideal Option. “Recognizing this, Ideal Option implemented new clinical protocols and programs to better support patients transitioning from fentanyl to buprenorphine and maintained a regular cadence of lab testing to ensure patient safety and adherence to prescribed medications.”

This data corroborates state reports of the prevalent role that fentanyl and methamphetamine now play in the substance use epidemic. Street drugs of all types increasingly contain fentanyl, often masquerading as prescription tablets and capsules.

According to the CDC National Center for Health Statistics, there were 1,043 overdose deaths due to synthetic opioids reported in Washington State during the 12-month period ending in September 2021, a 77% increase from the 588 deaths reported during the same period the year before.

View the full Ideal Option 2021 Annual Patient Outcomes Report for Washington State here:

Ideal Option has helped more than 50,000 patients through a network of over 70 outpatient clinics across 10 states: Alaska, Arkansas, Idaho, Maryland, Minnesota, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon and Washington.

With no waitlists and most forms of insurance accepted, including Medicare and Medicaid, patients can typically get started on treatment for fentanyl, heroin, methamphetamine, alcohol, or other substances within 1-3 business days.

Patients can make an appointment by calling 1.877.522.1275 or visiting

About Ideal Option Headquartered in Kennewick, Washington, Ideal Option was founded in 2012 and has since helped more than 50,000 patients through a network of over 70 office-based medication-assisted treatment (MAT) clinics across 10 states. With a mission to serve under-served communities, Ideal Option accepts all forms of insurance including Medicaid and Medicare. Financial assistance and payment plans are also available.

Ideal Option's team of medical providers carry certifications in Addiction and Emergency Medicine, Internal, and Family Medicine, among other specialties. The company also employs social workers, caseworkers, counselors, and mental health practitioners. This holistic approach helps drive positive outcomes, including family stability, stable housing, improved overall health, and reduced rates of recidivism.

In all the communities it serves, Ideal Option collaborates with existing stakeholders and providers to improve the continuum of care. This approach includes partnerships with emergency rooms and county jail systems, where individuals with substance use disorder often appear, as well as collaborating with numerous support agencies and municipal programs addressing social needs such as housing, mental health, and nutrition support.

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