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Jersey Community Hospital (JCH) Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) Clinic will complete its third year of medical services to combat substance use disorders on August 31. The MAT Clinic prescribes the following medications: Buprenorphine, Buprenorphine with Naloxone, Naltrexone oral tablets, and Naltrexone extended-release injection (e.g. Vivitrol). Our providers work with patients to identify the best fit for their unique needs.
In its first year, the MAT program served 54 patients growing to 106 patients in the second year and currently 123 patients are receiving treatment. Patients have had incredible success in the MAT program at JCH;
“A+, great staff. I have never once felt judged and it has been a long time since I felt that way. Thank you so much.”
“I am almost one year sober from all opiates. I never thought my life would be as wonderful as it is! I have God and MAT to thank. Erinn, thanks so much!”
“This is the best thing that could have ever happened to me. It has saved my life.”
To better serve the community, JCH has installed a Drug Take-Back box inside the Main Entrance of the hospital. This safe and secure location will be available on September 1 for proper disposal of medications 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Accepted in the box are Prescriptions (Schedule II-V Controlled and Non-Controlled Substances), Vitamins, Prescription Ointments, Pet Medications, Prescription Patches and Over the Counter Medications. Items not accepted are Needles, Inhalers, Aerosol Cans, Lotions, Liquids, Thermometers and Hydrogen Peroxide.
Friday, Sept. 9, JCH will be holding a Free Lunch & Learn addressing the stigma associated with substance use disorders. Erinn Hileman, the Nurse Practitioner for the JCH Medication Assisted Treatment, will offer training on substance use disorders, mental health awareness, and Narcan use. This training will educate you on what mental health disorders and substance use disorders are, measures available to help, and how to use Narcan. Every person that attends the training will receive a box with two doses of Narcan.
Nearly 50,000 people died from an opioid-involved overdose in 2019. One study found that bystanders were present in more than one in three overdoses involving opioids. With the right tools, bystanders can act to prevent overdose deaths. Anyone can carry Narcan, give it to someone experiencing an overdose, and potentially save a life. Narcan won’t harm someone if they’re overdosing on drugs other than opioids, so it’s always best to use it if you think someone is overdosing. To sign up for this Free class, please call (618) 498-8473.
The MAT clinic is located in the East Annex building at 220 East County Road, Jerseyville. Clinic hours are Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays 8 a.m.-5 p.m., and other hours are available as needed. To connect with one of our dedicated MAT providers, call (618) 498-CARE (2273).
These programs are supported by HRSA RCORP- Implementation III Grant and HRSA RCORP- Psychostimulant Support Grant awarded to JCH.
For additional information, visit www.jch.org or contact:
• Beth Steckel, Public Relations
• JCH HealthCare – (618) 498-8487
About Jersey Community Hospital
Jersey Community Hospital is part of JCH HealthCare, an independent healthcare organization that has been serving the region of Jersey, Greene, Calhoun, and northern Madison counties since 1954. With a focus on health and wellness, JCH is a general acute care hospital, a multi-specialty medical group with over 30 providers, and 25,000 sf wellness center serving the primary healthcare needs of people and communities throughout the region. JCH HealthCare is headquartered in Jerseyville.