The center will offer medication-assisted treatments for opioid use disorder, including methadone, buprenorphine, vivitrol. It also will offer alternative forms of pain management, like massage therapy and acupuncture.
It will be the ninth center opened by CODAC Behavioral Healthcare in Rhode Island. Linda Hurley is the nonprofit’s president and CEO. She says although Rhode Island has made a lot of progress addressing opioid addiction, fentanyl is making the crisis worse.
“It is at least a hundred times more potent than heroin,” Hurley said. “So it’s still a crisis. There’s a new product that is highly toxic, highly fatal, and causes a remarkable acute problem in terms of public health and public safety.”
The new center will sit on the Pawtucket-Providence line. It will treat more than 200 patients when it opens, and CODAC says in the future the facility could treat as many as 600 people.