The opioid epidemic has impacted communities in every corner of the country, posing new challenges for healthcare providers. As opioid-induced overdoses continue to soar, doctors have had to adapt to the changing needs of their patients.
In Santa Barbara County, the Neighborhood Clinics have adopted a multi-tiered approach to battle addiction and promote recovery. The program integrates behavioral health therapy with medically assisted treatment. In order to prevent potential opioid-related injuries, and the clinics provide every patient in their program with a supply of naloxone — a drug that reverses opioid overdoses.
On this episode of the Direct Relief podcast, Dr. Chuck Fenzi reveals a first-hand look at what the Neighborhood Clinics are doing to tackle opioid addiction in their community.