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Addiction Treatment to Benefit from Database
The Addiction Policy Forum has been launching the Addiction Resource Center online database in different states to educate residents on substance use disorders and connect them to addiction treatment providers.
Danielle Tarino, the Vice President of Health Information Technology at APF, explained that CEO Jessica Hulsey Nickel noticed that there was a lack of scientifically-
"The other available national and state local databases are clunky," Tarino said. "They can be difficult to use. In our experience in checking them, they are not always updated with accurate information. And they don't actually give you the information you need if you're a novice to this."
ARC's user-friendly design helps individuals to locate the information they're looking for. It includes 22 filterable options in its search criteria and a hotline to connect people with counselors and other medical professionals who can advise them on their particular situations.
"Google can take you down a long and sad rabbit hole of information that contradicts itself," Tarino said. "The ARC database is really designed to give people a one-stop shop for education, information and, of course, all the treatment resources that we have."
APF's research team scours these databases and follow up with different treatment providers to determine their services and update their information.
Old Orchard Beach is located in York County. The Office of the Maine Attorney General reported that the county had the second highest number of drug-induced overdose deaths in 2017. Currently, the ARC lists three treatment providers and will add more as time goes on.
An important criteria that determines which treatment providers are listed on the database depends on whether the businesses follow ethical marketing practices.
"We want to be the 'anti-call navigator' system," Tarino clarified. "We're not affiliated, nor do we have a relationship, with any treatment centers, nor do we plan to. We believe that our information is going to be based on assessment, based on the information being provided by the caller, and that whatever answer you get is going to be specific to what your needs are."
APF representatives are spreading the word about how the database can help families affected by the national opioid epidemic.
"My hope is that no one has to be my mom and dad," said Tarino, who has been in long-term recovery from a past substance use disorder. "There's someplace to go that gives accurate, scientifically-
ARC has gone live in 27 states as of this week and APF has slated the remaining states to be added to the database by 2018.