Our newly developed Treatment in Transit units have arrived at ETS. A special thanks to the State of Washington and King County for the funding to purchase these vehicles and expand access to treatment for our patients.
While we’ve offered mobile dispensing of medication in the past, Treatment in Transit is different. This mobile dispensary will be paired with a second vehicle that will house a counselor and medical provider. This combination of services will help patients benefit from the same medication-assisted treatment they receive in one of our four western Washington clinics – daily dispensing of medications like methadone or buprenorphine, counseling, consultations with a medical provider, and education about overdose, HIV, and other side effects of intravenous drug use.
Treatment in Transit will hit the road later this fall. This will allow hundreds of patients to get access to treatment closer to their homes or workplaces.
Medication-assisted treatment is the most effective method of stabilizing for people with opioid use disorders, but there are significant barriers for patients in accessing this type of treatment including stigma and location. For people who do not live or work close to a clinic, getting daily medications can become a full-time job since traveling to the clinic is required 6 days a week to start. “ETS is committed to increasing access to treatment. For people who can’t come to us, we’ll come to them,” says ETS executive director Molly Carney.
We look forward to sharing more updates and stories from Treatment in Transit on our blog so stay tuned!