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October 31, 2016 09:00 ET

National Opioid Addiction Treatment Leader CleanSlate Launches Center in East Boston

Expands Unique Physician-led Effort to Fight the Opioid Epidemic in Massachusetts

EAST BOSTON, MA--(Marketwired - October 31, 2016) - In response to the rapidly growing opioid addiction epidemic in Massachusetts and across the nation, CleanSlate Centers continues to expand local access to safe, effective, physician-led treatment with a new outpatient center in East Boston, Massachusetts.

CleanSlate, which serves thousands of patients nationally, is an industry leader in providing high-quality, evidence-based care to those suffering from opioid and alcohol addiction. The new CleanSlate Center will open on October 31, 2016, and is located at 59 Meridian Street. Patient entrance and mail delivery is located at 82 Paris Street, East Boston, MA 02120.

Drug overdose deaths from opioids are on the rise in Massachusetts according to the Health and Human Services Division of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. In 2015, the rate of unintended overdoses from opioids was 24.6 deaths per 100,000 residents, which represents a 23% increase from the 2014 rate.(i)

"This is a life-threatening disease impacting more and more people and families in Massachusetts. The demand for a better approach to managing this disease and increasing access is the reason CleanSlate was founded, and we are pleased to now be able to offer hope for more people in Massachusetts," said Greg Marotta, President and CEO of CleanSlate Centers. "It's impossible to fight this disease alone, and we are pleased to have important partners at our side in Massachusetts. We look forward to deepening our relationships in East Boston and throughout Massachusetts as we all work together to beat back this undiscriminating epidemic."

According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) -- the nation's leading addiction medicine society representing 4,000 physicians, clinicians and other professionals -- opioid addiction is defined as a primary, chronic and relapsing brain disease.

"At CleanSlate, we know that opioid addiction is best treated as the chronic disease it is," said Kelly J. Clark, M.D., Chief Medical Officer of CleanSlate and President-elect of ASAM. "We currently treat thousands of patients for opioid and alcohol addiction in a comfortable outpatient environment with a full-time, dedicated team of physicians and advanced-practice clinicians. Our ultimate goal is to help these patients achieve the life they want and deserve -- a 'clean slate' from which to thrive."

The award-winning CleanSlate program of care includes individualized treatment plans for each patient consisting of appropriate medication treatment prescribed by physicians, clear accountability and supportive counseling. CleanSlate has forged important relationships with leading health plans in Massachusetts to treat their member populations battling addiction, which will help to rapidly expand CleanSlate's reach into Massachusetts communities.

"I am proud to work with CleanSlate in our new East Boston location," said Ellen Alexander, Regional VP of Operations. "CleanSlate is saving lives in every community where we have centers, and we welcome anyone in East Boston who needs our support and services."

For more information or to schedule an appointment in East Boston, please call 617-874-4160. For more information about CleanSlate Centers, please visit http://www.cleanslatecenters.com.

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.

(i) http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/gov/departments/dph/stop-addiction/current-statistics.html

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