Humboldt County has five times the opioid deaths of the rest of California and Redwoods Rural Health Center in Redway has begun a new program to help address the problem.
Two of Redwoods Rural’s employees–Mandi Battles, PA and Robin Barnes, FNP–have received their certifications to provide Suboxone Opioid Use Disorder treatment. The two are working with Singing Trees Recovery Center to provide help for those with opioid addiction.
“The program is not only for those who are addicted to street drugs but also for those who need help with their perscriptions,” explained Tina Tvedt, the Executive Director of Redwoods Rural. “Insurance covers it or we have a grant through Aegis for uninsured or underinsured.” Those who have insurance just have to cover their copay.
Part of the treatment is offering Buprenorphine/Suboxone which is a medication approved for detoxification by the Federal Food and Drug Administration. “Suboxone is a lot safer than opioids,” Tvedt explained. “There are a lot of people who die from opioids.”