GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) – Agencies across the country are reporting a rapid rise in drug overdoses. Here in upstate – Prisma Health says they are expanding their services to meet the challenges of addiction treatment, prevention and recovery in South Carolina and beyond.
The Executive Director of the Addiction Medicine Center says, “The record of opioid addiction in South Carolina and across the country lends historic urgency to our work in this area. The Addiction Medicine Center serves as a hub for our growing collaboration of leaders who are dedicated to evidence-based care. We advance the field of addiction medicine by developing new models of care through innovative research. »
Prisma Health officials say they are proud to partner with public health agencies and universities like Clemson, Furman and UofSC to treat patients more effectively.
Additionally, Prisma says they use emergency services and community paramedics as a resource to help with addiction and illness.
“The emergency department, open 24/7, 365 days a year, is often the first and only place in health care for the recognition and engagement of people with alcohol-related disorders. substance use and/or associated infections,” says Phillip Moschella, MD, associate research director in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Prisma Health Greenville Memorial Hospital.
Prisma officials say the addiction medicine center is made up of six hubs, including: education and mentorship; data coordination; prevention and public health; treatment and recovery; research and technology and innovation.
Prisma Health is a private, not-for-profit healthcare company and South Carolina’s largest healthcare organization.
To learn more about Prisma Health addiction services, click HERE.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is a free and confidential treatment information and referral service. Their national helpline can be reached by calling 1-800-662-4357.
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