SOURCE: CleanSlate Centers

CleanSlate Centers

April 08, 2016 00:00 ET

CleanSlate Centers Opening Indiana Locations to Fight Opioid Epidemic

CleanSlate Seeking Physicians and Medical Office Staff in Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, Anderson, Elkhart, & Merrillville

INDIANAPOLIS, IN--(Marketwired - April 08, 2016) - CleanSlate Centers, a leader in providing effective, physician-led outpatient treatment of opioid addiction, is launching several locations in 2016 throughout Indiana in response to the national prescription opioid and heroin addiction crisis that is gripping the country. CleanSlate plans locations in Indianapolis, Ft. Wayne, Anderson, Elkhart, and Merrillville, and has started hiring physicians, practice managers, medical assistants and care coordinators for each location. CleanSlate has also forged important relationships with two leading health plans in Indiana to treat their member populations battling addiction, which will help to rapidly expand CleanSlate's reach into Indiana communities.

Fatal drug overdoses due to prescription drugs and heroin once occurred in Indiana at a lower rate than the national average. That is no longer the case. According to the Indiana Pain Society Legislative Report on Pain Clinics and Opioid Prescribing in Indiana (2012), Indiana ranks 16th nationally in opioid drug deaths per 100,000 residents.

"Indiana's rates are accelerating faster than the national average. Shockingly, Indiana's drug overdose numbers have doubled in recent years. This trend is affecting people of all ages, including teens and women," stated Dr. Amanda Wilson, President and CEO of CleanSlate Centers. "Because addiction is a chronic brain disease, we approach treating patients who suffer from this devastating illness as medical professionals approach the treatment of Alzheimer's disease or Diabetes, utilizing a combined biological, psychological, and social approach. This evidenced based care has proven effective in helping those in need to succeed in managing this challenging disorder." 

CleanSlate is seeking Indiana physicians seeking to help patients combat this epidemic. Hours are flexible, typically three hours every other week. CleanSlate is also seeking practice leaders, medical assistants and care coordinators. Compensation is highly competitive. Multiple job recruitment events are already scheduled in Ft. Wayne and Indianapolis April 12 and 13.

"Addiction to opioid prescription drugs such as Percocet, Vicodin, and OxyContin is on the rise dramatically across the country. Unfortunately, the state of Indiana is not immune to this growing epidemic, but statewide leaders are committed to addressing it, and CleanSlate is committed to making a difference with them," said Joan Erwin, who leads CleanSlates' Indiana expansion.

To help increase the available number of physicians, CleanSlate plans to extend its successful Start Treating Addiction Today (STAT) campaign to promote physician awareness of the opioid epidemic in Indiana. The STAT campaign is designed to encourage active physician involvement with evidence-informed methods for treating opioid addiction by encouraging physicians to seek their XDEA waiver, which allows them to begin treating patients.

About CleanSlate Centers

CleanSlate Centers was founded in 2009 in response to the growing opioid epidemic facing the country. A multi-state network of physician-led outpatient addiction treatment centers, CleanSlate provides medication-assisted treatment and related therapies for patients who have addiction and associated disorders using the highest quality, evidence-based practices.

CleanSlate's proven model of individualized care gives patients the tools and support they need to achieve long-term success. In recognition of their innovation and effectiveness, CleanSlate's treatment programs received the inaugural 2012 Science and Service Award for Office-based Opioid Treatment by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA.)

In 2014 CleanSlate partnered with Apple Tree Partners, a growth equity fund, to help expand efforts geographically and increase access to care in underserved communities with demonstrated need.

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