Boston Medical Center has opened a new opioid urgent care center that will provide greater access to medical and mental health treatments for people addicted to opioids.
The center, called Faster Paths to Treatment Opioid Urgent Care Center, is located inside Boston Medical Center’s Yawkey Ambulatory Care Center. It is funded by a four-year, $2.9 million grant from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.
Patients will receive medical assessments, referrals, opioid overdose education, naloxone rescue kits, community-based support services, and follow-up care with licensed alcohol and drug counselors.
Faster Paths will also provide a medication treatment outpatient program for patients, which provides buprenorphine/suboxone induction and stabilization as well as vivitrol treatment to those who need it. After those patients are stabilized, they are enrolled in maintenance programs at their local community health centers or at Boston Medical Center.
“We know that timely access to treatment is crucial to saving lives, that’s why the Baker Administration has made expanding access to treatment such a high priority,” Monica Bharel, the state’s public health commissioner, said in a statement. “As we address the stark reality of losing four Massachusetts residents per day to the opioid epidemic, we must support evidence-based, innovative approaches like this to reverse this deadly trend.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1,379 people died of an overdose in Massachusetts last year. Of the 2,601 patients taken to area hospitals for drug use, 37 percent were taken to Boston Medical Center.
The new center is a collaboration between Boston Medical Center, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, and the Boston Public Health Commission.