As Deaths from Overdoses Climb in West Virginia, Spero Health Brings Lifesaving Addiction Treatment to Parkersburg

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According to the National Center for Health Statistics, in 2020 alone over 100,000 Americans fatally overdosed, with West Virginia seeing the 2nd highest increase in deaths compared to all states. Provisional data for 2021 suggest that 1 American died of drug overdose every 5 minutes. Spero Health is responding to these staggering statistics by expanding addiction treatment services across states most impacted by the drug epidemic, so communities have access to lifesaving care close to home.

BRENTWOOD, Tenn., June 29, 2022--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Spero Health, a national leader who has helped more than 30,000 patients on their journey to stable recovery from addiction, just announced it is opening a new clinic in Parkersburg, WV on June 30th. Located at 2 Fergueson Drive, this new clinic marks the 2nd location Spero Health has opened in the state, which joins a network of more than 80 Spero Health locations throughout Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee, Indiana, Virginia, and West Virginia. Immediate appointments are available and individuals who need addiction treatment services are encouraged to call 866-755-4258 for more information or to schedule an appointment. Spero Health is in network with West Virginia Medicaid and most commercial insurance plans to ensure cost is not a barrier to treatment.

According to the CDC from September 2020 to September 2021, West Virginia saw 1,284 overdose deaths, which was a slight decline from previous years. Speaking about this, CEO of Spero Health Steve Priest said, "Although recent data is encouraging, we can’t lose sight of how urgent the need is for our communities to have access to addiction treatment close to home, so we continue to see declines in these numbers. Before COVID-19, the country was already in crises. When the pandemic hit, our community friends and neighbors struggled with relapse and experienced things like job loss and social isolation causing many to turn to substances to ease the pain. Synthetic opioids, including fentanyl, became the most common drugs involved in drug overdose deaths in the United States, and the surge of deaths will only continue due to the spread of this deadly street drug which is cheap and 50 times more potent than heroin. It’s an extremely dangerous substance and often gets mixed in with other drugs and users unknowingly ingest it. We are also seeing a resurgent of methamphetamine use complicating the drug epidemic further, but there is hope. This second Spero Health clinic in West Virginia is just the beginning of our work in the state as we live out our mission to Save Lives, Instill Hope and Restore Relationships."

Spero Health strives to meet people where they are by offering a community-based approach to treatment utilizing an innovative and evidence-based integrated care model that combines both physical and behavioral healthcare services under one roof. Going into more details about the services patients can expect to receive at Spero Health, David Hayden, Senior VP of Clinical Services said, "Often times people don’t know where to turn or are afraid of judgement, and we want everyone to know that recovery is possible. Spero Health’s goal is to engage patients where they are in their journey and personalize the program to meet their specific needs so they can stabilize, allowing for interventions to support sustained recovery efforts. Patients will have weekly access to a physician or nurse practitioner, counseling and recovery support services that help link them back to the community to address other issues such as housing, food insecurity, employment and much more."

About Spero Health

Spero Health, Inc., is an integrated healthcare services organization specializing in local and affordable outpatient care for individuals suffering from substance use disorders with a mission to "Save Lives, Instill Hope, and Restore Relationships." Spero Health utilizes an innovative evidence-based integrated care model that combines both physical and behavioral healthcare services under one roof to treat the whole patient. This integrated care model combines physician services (including medication-assisted treatment), behavioral health counseling, recovery support services, medication management and patient and family education. Its community-based approach to treatment allows patients to continue working and caring for their families as they overcome addiction.

Based in Nashville, Tenn. and privately held by Heritage Group, Health Velocity Capital, South Central, Inc. and Frist Cressey Ventures, Spero Health operates more than 80 outpatient clinics located throughout Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, Virginia, West Virginia and Tennessee. Spero Health is a national leader who has helped more than 30,000 patients on their journey to stable recovery from addiction and is in-network with Medicaid and most commercial insurance plans.

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Ginger Jackson
Spero Health
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