LEHIGHTON, CARBON COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – It’s no secret: the nationwide drug epidemic has hit communities in our region and it’s destroying lives. A mobile way to treat addiction may be coming to three local counties.
The trailer looks equip for a campground or family vacation. But it actually helps fight addiction.
“They’re like a camper, hauled by a pickup truck,” explains Jamie Drake, Executive Director of Carbon/Monroe/Pike Drug and Alcohol Commission.
Its a mobile treatment clinic. Inside, staff give on-the-spot shots of Vivitrol to patients trying to get clean. Vivitrol, also known as Naltrexone, is a once-a-month injection that stops opioid cravings for 30 days.
“You’re not going to go through withdrawal as you would with some of the other medication assisted treatments that people utilize for opioids like methadone or suboxone,” Drake adds.
A private clinic called Positive Recovery Solutions already travels through 20 counties across Western Pennsylvania. Soon a truck could be rolling through a town near you.
Leaders hope to get a Vivtrol truck up and running in Carbon, Monroe and Pike counties by April.
Jamie Drake with the Carbon/Monroe/Pike Drug and Alcohol Commission says transportation is a huge roadblock for many recovering addicts. The trailer would allow them to receive convenient care.
She adds, “a mobile unit increases accessibility, especially in rural areas.”
Monroe County Commissioner John Christy says last year, 45 people overdosed and died in his county. He’s pushing for this partnership.
“If you’re committed to staying clean, I think this is the best way to do it,” says John Christy, Monroe County Commissioner.
Positive Recovery Solutions would make agreements to park in different locations throughout Monroe, Pike and Wayne counties.