September was the three year Anniversary of a partnership between WVU Medicine Reynolds Memorial Hospital and Tritanium Solutions to bring the program BreakThru in to the Ohio Valley to fight the growing opioid epidemic.
BreakThru is a medically supervised withdrawal treatment program.
Since it began back in September 2015, the program has enrolled more the 500 patients with an 85 percent completion rate.
President and CEO of WVU Medicine Reynolds Memorial Hospital Dr. Davis Hess said this program makes addicts more comfortable so they can do their best to fight off their addiction.
It targets opioids, alcohol, and anxiety medicines.
“We know it’s a successful program on being the first step to get people off a medicine or alcohol that they are addicted to,” Dr. Hess added.
To get into the program a person has to be on one of the three substances mentioned earlier, but most importantly they have to make that first call and want to get better.
“We ask them to come in after they have not used the substance for about 24 hours,” explained Continuum Care Manager and Community Outreach Specialist for BreakThru Amy Burke. “That way when they come in we can medicate them as soon as they get here, which is really key in that once they come in they are not feeling well we can start that process comfortable for them. Where if they are trying to do that at home often times they can’t get through that and they ill go out and use that substance again.”
Burke said this program is something special that helps fight the ongoing epidemic that is going on in the Ohio Valley.
“We don’t just let go of them,” Burke continued.”We refer them out either to an outpatient therapy or we will send them to a longer term treatment facility. And then we also follow that patient 3, 6, 9, 12 months to see how they are doing.”
The cost of this program is insurance based and they do take Medicaid and Medicare.
If you need help or know someone that needs help you can call 855-341-9999 or go to wvumedicine.org/breakthru.