Due to the growing trend of overdose deaths in America where more than 100,000 people lost their life last year, Spero Health quickly responds by bringing outpatient addiction treatment services to communities in states hit hard. The Virginia medical examiner’s office projects that about 2,620 Virginians will die from overdoses of fentanyl, cocaine, heroin, prescription opioids, methamphetamine and other drugs in 2021 — a 13 percent increase from 2020 which was already a record year.
Spero Health, a national leader who has helped more than 25,000 patients on their journey to stable recovery from addiction, just announced it is opening a new clinic in Dublin, VA on December 16th. Located at 30 Town Center Drive, this new clinic joins a network of more than 65 Spero Health locations throughout Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee, Indiana, and Virginia and accepts Virginia Medicaid and most commercial insurance plans. Immediate appointments are available and individuals who need addiction treatment services are encouraged to walk-in for help or can call 540-779-7516 for more information or to schedule an appointment.
From January through June of this year, drug fatalities rose in 71 of the state’s 133 cities and counties, according to a Virginia Mercury analysis of data from the medical examiner’s office. Speaking about this, CEO of Spero Health Steve Priest said, “Drug trends continually change, but that data we are seeing is alarming. The surge of deaths will only continue due to the spread of a street drug like fentanyl which is cheap and 50 times more potent than heroin and accounted for 72% of all overdose deaths last year in the state. It’s an extremely dangerous substance and often gets mixed in with other drugs and users unknowingly ingest it. More than half a million Americans have died of an overdose from opioids in the past two decades, and the number of people dying continues to go up. This was a public health crisis that was worse than the pandemic, and it gets a lot less attention. In Dublin, we want to be a solution to families, friends and neighbors who are struggling with addiction and give them a place to turn by offering immediate access to care that is both affordable and close to home.”
Spero Health offers a community-based approach to treatment, so individuals have quick access to options close to home allowing them to stay connected to their community. The program utilizes an innovative and evidence-based integrated care model that combines both physical and behavioral healthcare services under one roof. Going into more details about the services patients can expect to receive at Spero Health, David Hayden, Senior VP of Clinical Services said, “We want everyone to know that recovery is possible. Spero Health’s goal is to engage patients where they are in their journey and personalize the program to meet their specific needs so they can stabilize allowing for interventions to support sustained recovery efforts. Patients will have weekly access to a physician or nurse practitioner, counseling and recovery support services that help link them back to the community to address other issues such as housing, food insecurity, employment and much more.”