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$500,000 grant to open treatment center for substance use disorder

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Wednesday, July 10, 2019  |  Article  |  Submitted by Mathers Clinic

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Mathers Clinic, a behavioral health facility in Crystal Lake, has been awarded a $500,000 grant to open an addiction facility to serve Kane and Kendall counties.


Their substance use disorder program, Mathers Recovery LLC, is a full-service opiate treatment program located in Elgin and Fox Lake.


The Elgin facility has been operating since 2013, offering methadone maintenance, detoxification, buprenorphine medication assisted treatment, and behavioral counseling.


In 2017, there were 2,202 drug overdose deaths, involving opioids, in Illinois, according to a 2019 report by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (www.drugabuse.gov).


Kane County reported 67 opioid-related deaths in 2017 and 68 in 2018. Kane County's public health alert recently reported six heroin deaths in six weeks in May 2019.


The two age demographics with the most fatal overdoses are 25- to 34-year-olds and 35- to 44-year-olds. Within the 25- to 34-year-old population, 98% of drug overdose deaths involved heroin and/or heroin synthetic mixtures (e.g. fentanyl and carfentanil) in 2018, according to the Illinois Opioid Data Dashboard at idph.illinois.gov/OpioidDataDashboard/.


Mixing heroin with synthetics such as fentanyl makes the drug more dangerous and deadly.


As recipients of the grant, Mather's Recovery will be partnering with several local agencies to give a thorough continuum of care for clients. Directing users toward treatment and intensive/ outpatient rehabilitation can help reduce stigma and improve long-term results toward a person's recovery.


The need for medically assisted treatment and addiction counseling services must be readily accessible for early interventions and specialized care.