The State of the Opioid Crisis


Health research firm Avalere Health looked at how the different states across the country have responded to the ongoing opioid epidemic. When conducting its research, Avalere took into consideration the amount of buprenorphine providers in the state compared to the opioid overdoses a state has. Avalere specifically looked at the number of buprenorphine providers because medications have been shown to cut the mortality rate among opioid actions by half or even more. Some states have fared better than others during this epidemic, but a lack of access to buprenorphine providers is hurting many with substance use disorder all over the country.

States that have large numbers of buprenorphine providers have fared better as individuals with substance use disorder have more access to these providers and medically implemented treatment plans.

When asking health experts what should be done to address the opioid crisis, all said they would put half of the budget to treatments that have an emphasis on medications, such as buprenorphine.

The state of Illinois is one of 11 states plus D.C. that is significantly worse than average when it comes to the ratio of the number of buprenorphine providers to the amount of opioid overdoses in the state. In 2016, 1,946 Illinoisan lives were lost to the opioid crisis and this number is expected to grow.

At Gateway Foundation, for the past 50 years, taking the extra step ensuring that the best care is provided for all patients has been the key. It is no different today. Gateway provides Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) when it is it medically appropriate for the patient. MAT is offered at Gateway as part of the comprehensive alcohol and drug rehab programs. The use of medication has been shown to have positive impacts and decrease the likelihood of relapse and overdoses.

The implementation of programs such as MAT is just one of the many steps Gateway has taken to make sure all patients are taken care of. It is through these initiatives that Gateway has consistently received better results than the statewide average according to the DASA Quality Indicators. These stats include higher rates of successful treatment completion, and abstinence from alcohol and drugs at discharge.

About Gateway Foundation Alcohol & Drug Treatment Centers
Every year Gateway Foundation Alcohol & Drug Treatment helps thousands of adults and teens get their life back on track and gives renewed hope to those who care about them. With 50 years of treatment experience, our specialists take the time to understand of the specific needs of each individual. We then develop a customized treatment plan with recommendations for the most appropriate care based on an individual's substance abuse and mental health history. As the largest provider of alcohol and drug abuse treatment in Illinois, Gateway has 11 treatment centers throughout the state. Gateway outpatient and residential substance abuse treatment programs are not one-size fits all, but unique treatment plans that give an individual the highest chance for a successful outcome. With insurance acceptance and a track record of success, Gateway Treatment Centers help thousands of individual’s successfully complete treatment each year, and find the hope they need to live again.

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