A recent study said that opioid prescriptions dropped 10 percent at retail pharmacies in 2017.
While the news is promising in the fight against the opioid epidemic, a new wellness center in Greenfield is helping patients in their fight.
Center for Human Development - or CHD - told Western Mass News that this new state-of-the-art facility at 102 Main Street in Greenfield will be key in helping treat patients in Franklin County.
"A set of integrative services that will include behavioral health, primary care, and dental services and a variety of social welfare services, so it's really a beautiful, beautiful setting," said CHD President Jim Goodwin.
Taking a tour around the facility, it has several dental rooms, offices for various treatments, and exam rooms for the patients they'll serve.
"Let's say, for example, someone is being seen by a primary care physician and the physician identifies they need an additional service. Maybe they're depressed or some form of an eating disorder...something that may be better served by a behavioral health organization," Goodwin added.
The wellness center opens as reports are out that opioid prescriptions are down 10 percent since last year, according to the Institute for Human Data Science, which studies data on healthcare.
The report also details how the volume of prescription opioids given out by pharmacists has been decreasing since 2011, but this 10 percent decline was the most dramatic drop yet.
"I think that just speaks to the work that's being done in communities, just like Greenfield. We work very closely with the opioid task force here, getting the word out to the people that really can make a difference. If you think of the number of people that are struggling with opioid addiction right now, 10 percent is a significant amount and I think it makes people who are in this field and are doing this work feel...people are paying attention," said clinic director Shannon Hicks.
CHD is hopeful the new wellness center will help in the long fight western Massachusetts is facing against the opioid epidemic.
Patients will begin to be seen at the new facility on May 1.
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