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Suboxone Doctors in Iowa: Why They Are Needed
When the term heroin and other opioid addiction, large cities like New York or Los Angeles usually come to mind. Even if these do exist in Iowa, the problem must be in Des Moines, Davenport, or Sioux City. Most would never think counties like Ringold or Adams would have such a problem. But the truth is that opioid addiction is a problem in almost every populated area of Iowa.
Opioid addiction and overdoes had been on the decline from 1999 until 2013. However, The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIH) shows those numbers leveled off until 2017 when the number of opioid-involved overdose deaths reported in Iowa began to rise again.
The greatest increase in opioid addictions and overdoses is among users of Heroin and RX opioids. While theses have remained relatively low compared to 20 years ago, deaths due to fentanyl and other synthetic opioids have risen sharply over the last ten years.
Deaths involving synthetic opioids have “quadrupled from 14 deaths in 2012 to 61 deaths in 2017.”
While there is some good news, the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) reports in – Iowa’s Opioid Crisis: An Update:
While alcohol, methamphetamines and marijuana remain the primary substances misused in Iowa, in the last decade significant increases have occurred in the number of Iowans identifying opioids as their drug of choice at the time of admission to treatment – and in the number of deaths related to opioids.
Suboxone® in Iowa
Both opioid treatment centers and doctors who offer Suboxone treatment are still relatively scarce in Iowa. The MAT providers in the state are most often found in the state’s most populous cities, while access to to a licensed Iowa Suboxone® doctor rarely exists for those living in rural parts of Iowa.
A study by The Carver College of Medicine of the University of Iowa showed that as of December 2018, there were 127 providers approved by the state to administer buprenorphine compared to an estimate conservatively placed at 12,104 of the state’s residents who have opioid use disorder. This is in stark contrast to states like Arizona and Nevada who both have over 1,000 providers.
According to the Iowa Consortium for Substance Abuse Research and Evaluation, of the state’s 99 counties, 23 had just one trained Suboxone® or Subutex® provider, and 15 had none. Residents who live in a county with no access to a Suboxone clinic in Iowa have to travel an average of 40 miles to get approved care.
The state health department and the medical community have responded to the problem of opioid addiction aggressively. The number of healthcare professionals eligible to prescribe Suboxone increased from 31 in 2015 to 115 in 2018. An IDHP report shows: “Iowa has increased the number of sites capable of dispensing methadone (another form of medication-assisted treatment) from eight locations in 2015, to 20 locations current/planned by mid-2019.”
Another alternative to the lack of care is to join RecoveryDelivered.com. We offer telemedicine visits for opioid use disorder treatment. All of our providers are Suboxone® doctors in Iowa and hold the proper licensure to administer care. Renew your script from your house, no more driving, no more waiting in line, and no more missing appointments. Just treatment, on your schedule
Cost of Suboxone Treatment in Iowa
Entry costs for Suboxone treatment programs are relatively low, especially when compared to many other forms of addiction treatment. The Cedar Rapids Comprehensive Treatment Center, for example, does not charge an intake fee and accepts a wide variety of insurance and payment options.
There are currently eight opioid treatment programs who accept Medicaid for Suboxone treatments. These are:
Cedar Valley Recovery Services – Cedar Falls and Des Moines
CRC Recovery, Inc. – Cedar Rapids
Center for Behavioral Health Iowa, Inc. – Des Moines
Siouxland Treatment Center – Sioux City
Center for Behavioral Health Iowa, Inc. – Sioux City
Since distance to treatment centers in a problem for Iowans, Recovery Delivered offers an online treatment option that accepts Medicaid, most insurance providers, along with a number of payment options.
The cost of treatment at Recovery Delivered is $55 per meeting with medication costs averaging under $80 per month. Considering no travel or work loss time is involved, the savings is significant.