A new methadone clinic will be opened in Georgetown on Monday, April 19, 2004, to help the increasing number of Sussex Countians addicted to heroin, pain medications and other opiates.
Kent/Sussex County Counseling and the Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health will open the facility in response to the doubling of heroin/opiate patients in Sussex County in the past three years.
From 2000 to 2003, the number of admissions in those programs grew from 51 to 117 with projections of 165 patients in 2004.
The new clinic will be located in Kent/Sussex County Counseling's current Georgetown location at 315 N. DuPont Highway, Suite 100. The program is expected to serve about 50 people, including 38 Sussex County residents who currently drive to Dover every day for methadone maintenance.
The clinic will supplement current detoxification, outpatient, day treatment, case management and halfway house services already available in Sussex County.
The cost of the Kent/Sussex County Counseling methadone program, which is supported by the state's General Fund, is approximately $405,000 per year. That figure includes an $80,000 increase in spending to support the new clinic.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, methadone maintenance treatment is the most effective treatment for opiate addiction. In this treatment program, addicted individuals receive daily doses of methadone.
Methadone blocks the euphoric and sedating effects of opiates, relieves the craving for opiates and symptoms associated with withdrawal, and does not cause euphoria or intoxication itself, thus allowing a person to work and participate normally in society.
For more information, please call David Parcher, Executive Director of Kent/Sussex County Counseling, at (302) 735-7790.