Virginia Premier Fights the Opioid Crisis

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Virginia Premier Fights the Opioid Crisis

Virginia’s Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS) has recognized Virginia Premier’s Neighborhood Health Center in the Roanoke/Alleghany Region as one of 10 preferred providers of Office-Based Opioid Treatment (OBOT), part of the state’s Addiction and Recovery Treatment Services program.

As a preferred OBOT, Virginia Premier’s center provides services which are considered gold standards for care. These include weekly psychotherapy group meetings for patients.

The Neighborhood Health Center providers have been treating patients with a Medication Assistance Treatment program since 2014.

“OBOT is an alternative to being treated for opioid addiction in an inpatient rehabilitation facility,” said Hillary Whonder-Genus, M.D., FAAP, medical director, Virginia Premier. “While being treated in an OBOT setting, people can still live at home, be with their family, and work, if they are able. The treatment program is also offered through multiple health care services and providers across the Commonwealth, making the services very accessible.”

Virginia’s drug overdose death rate increased significantly from 2015-2016 to 34.7 percent (CDC). According to the U.S. Department of Health and Services, 90 percent of Americans who suffer from addiction are not presently receiving treatment (April 2017).