New Drug Detox Program Helps Women in Berks County
The Pennsylvania Adult & Teen Challenge recently started a new detox program to help women who have substance use disorders in Berks County and surrounding regions.
By: Addiction Now
The new program is brought by the Pennsylvania Adult & Teen Challenge, a nonprofit that was established in Rehrersburg, Berks County, in 1962.
In addition to increasing its program capacity to serve women, the Pennsylvania Adult & Teen Challenge is aiming to have a greater ability to help patients manage their withdrawal symptoms.
The new women's drug detox program has board-certified medical staff members who are extensively trained to monitor and manage every element of the withdrawal process that each person in treatment may experience. Members of the center explained that its withdrawal management program uses techniques based on the most innovative medical research and therapeutic methods.
The representatives of the center also emphasized that the new drug detox program for women comes as an initiative that strives to combat the opioid epidemic on a local level.
According to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, 5,456 people died due to drug overdoses in the state during the past year. And according to the Pennsylvania Opioid Data Dashboard, a total of 24 opioid overdoses were successfully reverted with naloxone in Berks County during 2016. By 2017, that number had increased exponentially and naloxone saved approximately 70 people in the region.
Last year, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf vowed to be committed to making every possible effort to fight the opioid epidemic and address the needs of the people who have been affected by the crisis in the state. In January, Gov. Wolf officially avowed, through a statewide disaster declaration, that the opioid epidemic is public health emergency.