Union County residents can now access in-person medication-assisted treatment for fentanyl, meth, heroin, alcohol and other substances.
EL DORADO, Ark., May 15, 2023 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- 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. The new clinic, located 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.
According to the Arkansas Take Back Opioid Dashboard, overdose deaths in Union County increased by 50% and narcotic arrests increased by 39% from 2020 to 2021.
Fentanyl is regularly mixed with other illicit drugs to make them more addictive, often without the user knowing. Polysubstance use disorder is therefore now the most common diagnosis at Ideal Option. According to their Annual Patient Outcomes Report for Arkansas, in 2022, over half of all Ideal Option patients tested positive for more than one substance at enrollment, and 24% tested positive for three or more substances.
The report does offer hope, however, by showing how effective medication-assisted treatment is for reducing isolated and polysubstance use. For patients who remained in treatment with Ideal Option during 2022, lab testing shows:
- 87% less total opioid use
- 94% less fentanyl use
- 96% less heroin use
- 77% less methamphetamine use
- 90% less cocaine use
The new clinic in El Dorado is Ideal Option's tenth location in Arkansas and is opening at a time of desperate need for expanded access to evidence-based treatment from experienced providers. Ideal Option has been specializing in addiction medicine using buprenorphine-based medications such as Suboxone® for 11 years and currently operates 90 clinics in 11 states.
"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."
The new Ideal Option clinic in El Dorado is open Monday – Thursday, 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. and is located at 625 E Main St, El Dorado, AR 71730.
Most forms of insurance are accepted, including Medicare and Medicaid, and patients can typically get started on treatment for fentanyl, heroin, alcohol or other substances within 1-3 business days.
Patients can make an appointment by calling 1.877.522.1275 or visiting http://www.idealoption.com.
About Ideal Option
Headquartered in Kennewick, Washington, Ideal Option was founded in 2012 and has since helped more than 65,000 patients through a network of 90 office-based medication-assisted treatment (MAT) clinics across 11 states. With a mission to serve under-served communities, Ideal Option accepts most 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.
Olivia Roe, Ideal Option, 1 9199466644, [email protected]
SOURCE Ideal Option