Suboxone treatment against opiate-based pain killer addiction increases in demand in many different institutions offering treatment. Mc Dowell County’s new Suboxone clinic in West Virginia announced on April that there more and more people are interested in being treated.
Exective Chief Judy Akers of the Southern Highlands Community Mental Health Center stated that the new clinic in Mc Dowell County is not able to cater to clients immediately. In April, it was reported that there are more or less 140 people waiting for treatment on top of the 24 who are already admitted.
Mercer County also has a long waiting list for drug treatment while Wyoming County needs to open up their own clinic. Due to this, there is also an increase in demand for doctors to increase and improve services. Akers concluded that having this many people seeking for treatment is a bad sign because it also means that there are more who are not seeking help.
There is no exact number of days of treatment per person. It depends on the person how long he or she is willing to stay and on the treatment needs. Thus the need to expand local treatment options and at the moment, “We are determining other ways of bringing more services,” stated by Akers “As of now though, we are relying to the only resources we have at hand and hoping for the best.”
There are many similar cases around the country and to support this growing demand for suboxone treatment, FDA recently approved the first generic equivalent to Suboxone manufactured by Amneal pharmaceuticals just recently in March.
According to Amneals’s President and Co-Chairman Chirag Patel, “The FDA’s decision in approving the generic drug will warrant that millions of patients will have easier access to a low cost but high quality generic substitute.”
Having such will lessen costs for individuals seeking treatments. It also saves the U.S. healthcare system one 500 million dollars everyday, according to the Generic Pharmaceutical Association. Even insurance companies, managed care facilities, drug addiction and recovery organizations and any other institution and organization involved with Suboxone treatment will benefit on it.
Meanwhile in Dallas, during the same month of the approval of the generic Suboxone, discount cards were issued by AffordRx for Suboxone which can save 75% of the cost. This is a way to help individuals on Suboxone treatment to receive the medication they need and to encourage more opioid-based drug addicts to seek treatment.