St. Petersburg Suboxone Doctors

Clear Path Center PA

Awais Siddiki, M.D.
Akif Ahmad, M.D.
Clear Path Center PA.
3177 4th Street North
St. Petersburg, FL 33704

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St. Petersburg, and the greater Tampa area, have experienced a rise in opioid addiction over the last decade. There has been a recent national epidemic with opiate overdose becoming a leading cause of death for certain age groups in various areas of the country. Some local qualified physicians are approved to treat opiate withdrawal symptoms with suboxone. Suboxone is widely regarded as a very positive medical intervention for eliminating painful withdrawal. Buprenorphine is the active ingredient in suboxone that binds to the brain’s opiate receptor sites for a prolonged period of time consequently eliminating withdrawal while not producing a drug high in established, suboxone tolerant patients. If you are a local doctor aiming to treat St.Petersburg area residents, you may purchase a featured listing at the top of this page insuring that your medical services will be found by prospective patients searching our website for quality opioid treatment.



St. Petersburg Suboxone Doctors
Awais Siddiki, M.D.
Akif Ahmad, M.D.
3177 4th Street North
St. Petersburg, FL 33704
Local: 727-823-8192
Toll free: 877-585-2955
Alina Gonzalez-Mayo, M.D. 1201 5th Avenue North
Suite 305
St. Petersburg, FL 33705
(727) 327-3737
Ricky Poole Lockett, M.D. 1501 Fifth Avenue North
St. Petersburg, FL 33705
(727) 896-8686
Syed Kamil Ali Zaidi, M.D. 1609 Pasadena Avenue South
Suite 4M
St. Petersburg, FL 33707
(727) 341-1402
Mehul Shah, M.D. 4099 Central Avenue
St. Petersburg, FL 33707
(877) 345-3869
Speros George Hampilos, D.O. 5778 5th Avenue North
St. Petersburg, FL 33710
(727) 347-3213
Ed W. Jackson, M.D. Suncaost Community Mental Health
4010 Central Avenue
St. Petersburg, FL 33711
(727) 327-7656
David Cheesman, D.O. 1700 22nd St South
St. Petersburg, FL 33712
(727) 827-2940


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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