As a dangerous and contagious virus spreads throughout the country, local people afflicted by America’s opioid epidemic can still access the treatment and medication they need.
The coronavirus is not preventing an individual with an opioid addiction from getting medication-assisted treatment, said Barbara Durkin, director of the Lackawanna/Susquehanna Office of Drug and Alcohol Programs. The office’s methadone provider, Dunmore Comprehensive Treatment Center, is open every day, Durkin said Friday.
There were an estimated 6,242 people living in Lackawanna County with opioid use disorder in 2018, according to the most recent available state data. As the coronavirus pandemic upends life, their struggle continues.