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Columbia has undergone an increase in the number of people experiencing opioid addiction. This has created mounting concern in recent years among medical professionals, local schools, families, and healthcare providers. Accordingly, Columbia has obtained a number of local physicians authorized to prescribe buprenorphine (the active ingredient in Suboxone) to those people struggling with moderate to severe opioid addictions. Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) has become the accepted standard of care in reputable addiction treatment programs for individuals at risk for chronic opioid dependency and related problems.

If you are a local doctor who treats Columbia residents, you may purchase a featured listing at the top of this page insuring that your opioid treatment services will be located by prospective patients searching our website for a quality suboxone provider. Suboxone (buprenorphine) has emerged as a leading therapeutic alternative for opioid-addicted individuals. Methadone.US is striving to inform the public about the variety of opioid replacement therapy options available in or near Columbia, SC.



Columbia Buprenorphine Suboxone Doctors
Stephen I. Merlin, M.D. 1620-B Lady Street
Columbia, SC 29201
(803) 779-3548
Todd H. Engles, M.D. 1620-B Lady Street
Columbia, SC 29201
(803) 451-7600
Matthew Gaskins, M.D. 15 Medical Park
Suite 141
Columbia, SC 29203
(803) 434-4300
Todd M. Alford G. Werber Bryan Psychiatric Hospital
220 Faison Drive
Columbia, SC 29203
(803) 935-5472
William C. Gerard, M.D. Palmetto Health Richland
Five Richland Medical Park
Columbia, SC 29203
(803) 434-3319
Ronnie Scott Fuerst, M.D. Three Richland Medical Park
Suite 350
Columbia, SC 29203
(803) 434-7533
Stephen Charles Stanfield, M.D. Palmetto Health Richland
14 Richland Medical Park
Columbia, SC 29203
(877) 317-3104
John Milton Billinsky, Jr., M.D. 2715 Colonial Drive
Columbia, SC 29203
(704) 487-5560
Dean A. Floyd, M.D. 3010 Farrow Road
Suite 220
Columbia, SC 29203
(803) 254-5940
Lady M. Carr, M.D. 610 Faison Drive
Columbia, SC 29203
(803) 935-6451
Rebecca Payne, M.D. USC School of Medicine
3555 Harden Street, Suite 301
Columbia, SC 29203
(803) 434-4250
Raynia L. McGee, M.D. 15 Medical Park
Suite 141
Columbia, SC 29203
(803) 434-4300
Asifa Choudhry, M.D. 15 Medical Park
Suite 141
Columbia, SC 29203
(803) 434-4300
Frank Clark, M.D. 15 Medical Park
Suite 141
Columbia, SC 29203
(312) 286-0890
Stephen I. Merlin, M.D. 11 Medical Park
Columbia, SC 29203
(803) 779-3548
Eleanya Ogburu-Ogbonnaya, M.D. 4801 North Main Street
Columbia, SC 29203
(803) 788-0038
Cynthia L. Matthews-Betts, M.D. 2712 Middleburg Drive
Suite 206
Columbia, SC 29204
(803) 262-2992
Ezra B. Riber, M.D. 1655 Bernardin Avenue
Suite 240
Columbia, SC 29204
(803) 779-3263
Carl Isaac Mitchell, M.D. 2712 Middleburg Drive
Suite 206
Columbia, SC 29204
(803) 262-2992
Kelvin James Wiley, M.D. 2712 Middleburg Drive
Suite 206
Columbia, SC 29204
(803) 262-2992
Ishmeal Major, M.D. 2712 Middleburg Drive
Suite 206
Columbia, SC 29204
(803) 262-2992
Carlos A. Soto, M.D. 3930 Devine StreeT
Columbia, SC 29205
(803) 256-1511
Michael H. Emmer II, M.D. 5115 Forest Drive
Suite E
Columbia, SC 29206
(803) 518-5781
Scott Alan Weyant, M.D. 5115 Forest Drive
Suite E
Columbia, SC 29206
(803) 661-9519
Woodrow Anthony Bell, M.D. 6941 North Trenholm Road
Suite I
Columbia, SC 29206
(803) 764-7621
Robert Bruce Borucki, M.D. 5115 Forest Drive
Suite E
Columbia, SC 29206
(803) 661-9519
Zaixiao Zhang, M.D. WJB Dorn VA Medical Center
6439 Garners Ferry Road
Columbia, SC 29209
(803) 776-4000
Diana Thorne, M.D. 6439 Garners Ferry Road
Columbia, SC 29209
(803) 776-4000
Olajide A Balogun, M.D. 9153-C Two Notch Road
Columbia, SC 29223
(803) 223-9193
Green Belton Neal, M.D. 9153-C Two Notch Road
Columbia, SC 29223
(803) 223-9193


ADAPT Pharma Provides Free Narcan to Colleges

A Presidential briefing on March 19, 2018 in Manchester, NH was used to announce that ADAPT Pharma has volunteered to provide, for free, the life-saving medication NARCAN® to all U.S. high schools, colleges and universities.

NARCAN® is a name brand overdose antidote (based on naloxone) that restores breathing and consciousness in opioid overdose victims typically within five minutes.

ADAPT Pharma offers a 40% discount off wholesale pricing on the Narcan nasal spray to Law Enforcement agencies and Firefighters as well as non-profit community based organizations.

Seamus Mulligan, CEO of ADAPT, commented in a company press release that ADAPT is committed to raising awareness of opioid overdose risks and distributing NARCAN® widely so that it will be available to bystanders and emergency personnel who can offer immediate help in the event of a crisis.

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What Is Naltrexone

Naltrexone is an opioid treatment medication that works very differently than either methadone or buprenorphine.

Naltrexone functions as an opioid blocker that interferes with the euphoric effects of opiates. Unlike methadone, naltrexone does not eliminate opioid withdrawal. So it is typically only begun following a successful period of opioid detoxification.

Naltrexone is taken as a pill or as a time-released injectable. It blocks the feeling of getting high thus deterring a person from continuing in active drug use with opioids. If there’s no pay off for using, why do it?

Some individuals who don’t necessarily require methadone or buprenorphine can effectively utilize naltrexone as a component of their recovery program. Vivitrol is the time-released, branded version of naltrexone that is taken once monthly as an injection. With Vivitrol, the naltrexone remains active in the bloodstream for 30 days and blocks the effects of heroin or other opiate use. This reinforces one’s focus on recovery choices and can reduce opioid cravings.

Patients receiving naltrexone may develop a lowered tolerance to opioids over time, and should remain aware of the risk of opioid overdose should they relapse. The medication is also used in the treatment of alcohol dependency and has been shown to reduce the euphoric effects of alcohol consumption.

Naltrexone is not to be confused with Naloxone. Naloxone is the opioid overdose reversal medication that has recently been in the news for saving thousands of lives across the country.

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Billions To Be Allocated In Fight Against Opioid Crisis

The national budget proposal for the 2019 fiscal year includes a request for $13 billion in funding for opioid treatment and related services. This linked Newsweek article states that $3 billion would be allocated in 2018 and another $10 billion in 2019.

Many opioid treatment programs across the country are currently able to add patient slots when additional funding is made available. The opioid crisis has flooded many clinics that are already at maximum census due to limited State and Medicaid funding.

A number of private pay clinics have opened in recent years as the need for medication-assisted treatment increased. If a substantial allocation of government funds becomes available, opioid treatment services will finally come into sharp national focus as scores of people finally obtain the help they need to stabilize and to recover.

In treating opioid addiction, research has shown that traditional abstinence-based programs which do not utilize medication assistance have a failure rate of 90%. Medication-assistance is a critical factor in helping opioid addicted people move into sustained recovery. The proposed $13 billion earmarked for opioid treatment services can make a huge difference all across the U.S. Methadone or buprenorphine (suboxone) coupled with counseling and drug testing comprise the gold standard of care in treating opioid addiction.

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Opioid Treatment Making A Difference

There is a great article in the Bismarck Tribune about the expansion of methadone services in Fargo, North Dakota. Fargo, like most other areas of the country, was impacted in recent years by numerous opioid-related overdose deaths.

The article reports that Cass County had 31 overdose deaths in 2016, but that number was reduced to 15 in 2017, due in part to the increased availability of naloxone (the medication that reverses opioid overdose).

While local ambulance calls have decreased in relation to opioid overdoses, the problem of opioid addiction remains a widespread and primary concern in the community.

The Tribune story reveals that more local residents are now enrolled in opioid treatment and are receiving the life-saving medication, methadone. Treatment that combines medication-assistance and counseling is the industry standard in quality care for those addicted to opioids.

The new Fargo-based clinic is reported to have 164 active patients currently enrolled in the methadone program. The clinic director, Mark Schaefer, is quoted as saying that while enrollment has been rapid, there remain many people in the local area with untreated opioid addiction.

The availability of treatment is making a difference. And medications like methadone, buprenorphine, and naloxone are providing a much needed solution to America’s opioid crisis.

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