Claymont, DE – January 13, 2020. Connections Community Support Programs opened a new Wellness and Recovery Center Monday that will offer services for substance use disorders, including medication-assisted treatment (MAT) — considered the gold standard for opioid use disorders — as well as treatment for mental health disorders, DUI services and services for couples and families.

In 2017, there were more than 70,200 drug overdose deaths in the U.S., and 47,600 involved opioids with the sharpest increase involving fentanyl and other synthetic narcotics. The rate of drug overdose deaths in Delaware increased significantly in Delaware, by 20.2 percent in 2017, with 343 people fatally overdosing. The population surrounding Philadelphia Pike corridor in Claymont has been identified as one area of Delaware that has been traditionally underserved for behavioral health issues, including MAT.

Opioid-based medications such as methadone and Suboxone, are extremely effective tools in helping people on the path to wellness and recovery. In addition to decreasing the intense pain of withdrawal and curb cravings for opioid, MAT increases the chance that people will not need to seek and use illegal opioids, including fentanyl-tainted heroin. For many, MAT is the first step in beginning to live a normal life.

Dr. Bill Northey, Interim CEO of Connections, said “Medication-assisted treatment is often misunderstood by those who have never struggled with a substance use disorder. MAT is like insulin for diabetics, it allows people with an opioid use disorder to live a normal life and when used successfully it ultimately saves lives.”