Tennessee-based, CARF-accredited integrated healthcare services organisation Spero Health is set to open its new addiction treatment centre in Ashland, Kentucky, this week.

The new clinic, located at Ashland, Boyd County, in Eastern Kentucky’s largest urban area, adds to Spero Health’s growing network of 45 locations across Tennessee, Ohio, Kentucky, Virginia and Indiana, where it already cares for over 8,500 patients.

With national drug overdose deaths in the US heading towards an all-time high, Spero Health claimed that it is equipped to counter the alarming need for such outpatient community-based services.

Spero Health claimed that provides affordable addiction treatment services for people affected with substance use disorders. The new clinic provides both in-person visits and telehealth options for such individuals.

Between May 2019 and May 2020, over 81,000 died of drug overdose, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This is considered to be the largest recorded number of overdose deaths in just one year.

Kentucky’s death toll had reportedly risen by 22% and Boyd County stands third in the state for highest number of drug overdose deaths, and Spero Health claimed that this was its strongest reason to open its new clinic.

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Spero Health CEO Steve Priest said: “When the spread of the pandemic started last year, our most vulnerable became even more vulnerable experiencing job loss, isolation and increased psychological issues, all of which made an already life-threatening drug epidemic even worse.

“Alarming rates of overdose deaths have spiked because people have felt uncertainty and instability. Now more than ever communities need to have local, affordable access to life-saving addiction treatment options, and we are working very hard to continue to make that happen.”

Spero Health senior vice president of clinical services David Hayden explained: “Recovery is possible for everyone. Spero Health’s goal is to engage patients where they are in their journey and personalise the programme to meet their specific needs so they can stabilise, 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. We want to make it as easy as possible for patients to get the help they need that’s both affordable and close to home.”