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This city has several area methadone clinics providing methadone replacement therapy and structured counseling. Available via local physicians is suboxone (with buprenorphine) which provides relief from opiate withdrawal symptoms for a significant number of people. Below are links to more info on methadone program effectiveness, opioid dependency, addiction & recovery counseling, and job openings in methadone clinics.


Tucson Methadone Clinics
COPE Community Services Inc
Substance Abuse Services
101 South Stone Avenue, Suite 101
Tucson, AZ 85701
(520) 879-6680×629
La Frontera Center
Hope Center
260 South Scott Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85701
(520) 884-8470
Behavioral Awareness Center Inc 1475 West Saint Marys Road
Tucson, AZ 85745
(520) 629-9126
Center for Behavioral Hlth Tucson Inc 368 East Grant Road, Suite C
Tucson, AZ 85705
(520) 624-0250
ETANO Center 2340 North Tucson Boulevard, Suites 120-130
Tucson, AZ 85716
(520) 325-3323
Community Medical Services
Tucson
6626 East Carondelet Drive
Tucson, AZ 85710
(520) 298-1650
New Hope Behavioral Health Center Inc 2001 West Orange Grove, Suite 204
Tucson, AZ 85704
(520) 297-3329
Pascua Yaqui Tribe of Arizona
Adult Behavioral Health Program
7490 South Camino de Oeste
Tucson, AZ 85757
(520) 879-6060

 

Tucson Buprenorphine Providers
Shawn G. Platt, D.O. 2828 North Stone Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85705
(520) 622-4580
Rinly Ruiz Gecosala, M.D. 4099 East 22nd Street
Unit 107
Tucson, AZ 85711
(520) 323-4661
Michael S. Kuntzelman, M.D. 4901 East Fifth Street
Tucson, AZ 85711
(520) 318-9222
Joel Moncivaiz, M.D. 2122 North Craycroft Road
Suite 102
Tucson, AZ 85712
(520) 909-1342
Sonita Kathleen Singh, M.D. El Sol Family Medicine
2260 North Rosemont Unit # 107
Tucson, AZ 85712
(520) 318-1033
Raul Juan Rodriguez Sora, M.D. 5160 East Glenn Street
Suite 100
Tucson, AZ 85712
(520) 750-1739
Robert B. Cairns, M.D. 1622 North Swan
Tucson, AZ 85712
(520) 795-8888
Robert C. Osborne, M.D. 5230 East Farness Drive
Suite 106
Tucson, AZ 85712
(520) 792-2323
Andrew J. Slaski, M.D. Fourth Avenue Clinic
2016 South 4th Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85713
(520) 882-4252
David A. Ruben, M.D. 2016 South 4th Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85713
(520) 882-4252
William Joaquin Adamas-Rappaport, M.D. Compass Health Care
2502 North Dodge
Tucson, AZ 85716
(520) 618-8736
James A. McGlamery, M.D. 2959 North Dodge Boulevard
Tucson, AZ 85716
(520) 990-7051
Steven R. Galper, M.D. Independent Behavioral Health
430 North Tucson Blvd.
Tucson, AZ 85716
(520) 325-4837
Larry G. Onate, M.D. 2340 North Tucson Boulevard
Suite 130
Tucson, AZ 85716
(520) 325-3323
Dennis Dorr Weimer, M.D. 4570 North 1st Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85718
(541) 297-8905
Thili N. Kulatilake, M.D. 4721 North 1st Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85718
(520) 887-0035
Wenhui Cai, M.D. 3615 North Prince Village Place
Suite 121
Tucson, AZ 85719
(520) 225-0584
James Allen Wilcox, D.O. Tucson VAMC
3601 South 6th Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85723
(520) 792-1450
Suzanne A. Sisley, M.D. The Arizona Telemedicine Program, U of A
Health Sciences Center, PO Box 245105
Tucson, AZ 85724
(480) 922-9015
Bernice Eleanor Roberts, D.O. Sierra Tucson
39580 South Lago Del Oro Parkway
Tucson, AZ 85737
(520) 624-4000
Derek Daniel Schumm, M.D. 39580 South Lago Del Oro Parkway
Tucson, AZ 85739
(520) 624-4000
Robert R. Johnson, D.O. 39580 South Lago del Oro Parkway
Tucson, AZ 85739
(520) 624-4000
Saul G. Perea, M.D. 39580 South Lago Del Oro Parkway
Tucson, AZ 85739
(520) 624-4000
Sierra Tucson Inc 39580 South Lago Del Oro Parkway
Tucson, AZ 85739
(800) 624-9001
(520) 624-4000
Cottonwood de Tucson 4110 West Sweetwater Drive
Tucson, AZ 85745
(520) 743-0411

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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Shifting Tide Favors Medication in Opioid Treatment

The nation’s opioid epidemic has reached fever pitch and is now being spotlighted by all levels of local and national media. This is obviously good news.

At the center of this discussion is what can be done to reduce opioid fatalities, and to provide addicted people a real opportunity to regain control over their lives. This discussion inevitably leads to examining the benefit of medication-assisted treatment.

Methadone and buprenorphine are the two leading alternatives for helping patients deal with the perpetual withdrawal sickness that comes from a physiological dependency on opioids. Naloxone is a medication used to reverse opioid overdose.

In recent congressional testimony to members of Congress, Scott Gottlieb (Commissioner of the FDA) specifically heralded the life-saving benefits of methadone and similar medications.

His testimony included comments on the wealth of information behind the effectiveness of medication-assisted treatment. It is vitally important that legislative decision-makers obtain a clear understanding about what works and what does not in regard to coping successfully with this opioid crisis.

Time is of the essence because the present overdose fatality rate in the United States is over 64,000 per year. This number is beyond alarming. Here is an article that points to a possible positive shift in communities’ openness to having local opioid treatment nearby. Hopefully, this becomes a trend.

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