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Drug Addiction Treatment in Washington DC Expands
This month, Washington D.C. became the home for one of the largest addiction treatment facilities in the world.
By: Addiction Now
The new facility represents a significant expansion in the local healthcare industry and may positively affect those in need of substance use disorder treatment in the area.
The addition is a notable expansion for the health industry and may improve the lives of local community members who need help with a substance use disorder.
Washington DC has been selected to welcome one of the largest addiction treatment centers in the world this month, which signifies a crucial expansion of the local healthcare industry and may benefit people who need treatment in the area.
The new facility center is located a few miles south of DC, in Waldorf, M.D. and it has 140 beds. The team behind the center is hoping to hire 200 local professionals and welcome 500 patients a year.
Outpatient programs are offered and specialists will be experienced or trained to serve patients with co-occurring disorders.
Representatives estimate the clinic will bring at least $40 million to the area in every fiscal year, which should cause a positive impact on the Washington DC metropolitan economy.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has released data showing that the area doesn't have enough treatment centers and that Washington DC residents need more access to addiction services, especially medication-assisted treatment.
And a new report by the Trust for America's Health and the Well Being Trust has revealed that in Washington DC the rates of drug and alcohol-related fatal suicides have gone up more than 58 percent (from 2015 to 2016).
The District of Columbia also had one of the highest drug death rates in the country — 40.5 per 100,000 people — from 2015 to 2016.