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Opioid Prevention and Treatment Options at Region Ten

January 17, 2019 | 0 Comments
by Joanna Jennings

Across the United States, more people die from opioid overdoses than from automobile accidents.  Here in Central Virginia, more than 300 people were seen in emergency rooms for opioid overdoses, and demand for opioid treatment at Region Ten has been on the rise.  Region Ten works with a variety of community partners to provide prevention, treatment and recovery services throughout the community. 


If you or someone you know is struggling with opioid addiction, it is important to know that treatment is available and recovery is possible. Medication assisted treatment (MAT) is increasingly being used to treat opioid addiction, and has been proven to be the most effective form of treatment for opioid addiction.  MAT uses medication to reduce or eliminate withdrawal symptoms and cravings. MAT involves the prescription of medication in combination with counseling and other supportive therapies and programs. Region Ten now offers MAT services, including treatment for people who are uninsured.  To get connected to MAT at Region Ten, contact Leslie Fitzgerald at 972-1833 or go to 800 Preston Ave. in Charlottesville weekdays from 8AM – 3PM for same day access. 

Region Ten also offers intensive services for pregnant and parenting women with substance use disorders through the Project Link program, as well as residential substance use disorder treatment services for men and for women with young children. 

Preventing overdose is also an important part of treatment work.  Region Ten will begin providing monthly overdose prevention training and will distribute free Narcan beginning early 2019.


Because 80 percent of heroin addicts begin with misuse of prescriptions, raising awareness of the risk of opioid addiction and limiting the supply of opioids through safe storage and disposal of medication is another important tool to reducing opioid addiction.  Region Ten’s prevention program helps to promote information about medication disposal boxes in the region, and has a supply of free medication lock boxes to help people store opioid medication safely away from children or others. 


Research on effective ways to address the opioid crisis shows that coordinated community efforts are critical, Governor Ralph Northam has recently identified mobilizing community coalitions as a key focus for his opioid initiative.  Region Ten and the Community Mental Health and Wellness Coalition (CMHWC) coordinate a group of multi-disciplinary partners who are working together to promote a systems approach to the local opioid crisis. Partners include local criminal justice officials, the Thomas Jefferson Health District, University of Virginia and Sentara health systems, and other community-based organizations.  Information about the Coalition’s work can be found in the Coalition blog and Facebook page.

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