Free Suboxone, Free Doctor Visit, Free Therapy.
Free Suboxone is available everywhere if you need it. The company that makes the drug has an assistance program. Each doctor can have up to three patients on the program. But, what if you can’t afford the doctor?
Pilot programs are leading the way.
While you will not find these one-stop-shops everywhere yet, I believe that they will soon spread quickly. This is because it is so important that everyone has access to treatment. New pilot programs are leading the way in showing us how it can be done.
It starts in the ER.
At Yale New Haven Hospital, there is a program that provides complete care, including Suboxone, to patients, regardless of income. The key is to start treatment in the hospital emergency room. NPR has featured this new trend of ER initiated addiction treatment. Furthermore, a randomized clinical trial, published in JAMA, has demonstrated that engagement with treatment is improved with ER initiated treatment.
Where else can I find free treatment?
In Palm Beach County, Florida, a program based on the Yale New Haven Hospital is available and has been featured in the Palm Beach Post. Patients presenting to the JFK Medical Center ER who need opiate or opioid addiction treatment are offered the program. The addiction treatment program for heroin and other opioids provides complete treatment, including free Suboxone, doctor visits and psychotherapy.
Are there any other programs?
There is another program at Singing River Services in Gautier, Mississippi, serving residents of that region. Singing River provides free doctor visits, free Suboxone and therapy as well.
Please help us to expand this list further.
Here, I have listed three free programs in Florida, Mississippi and Connecticut. So, what about the rest of the country? If you know of similar pilot programs in other cities or counties, please let us know! We will make this information available here and on our map-linked state-by-state listings.