On January 7, 2020, Lane County purchased the old “Jones Roth” office building and parking lot at 432 W. 11th Ave. in Eugene, Oregon. The Health and Human Services Department plans to operate a drug treatment clinic on the southwest corner of W. 11th Ave. and Lawrence St. that will, among other treatments, dispense Methadone and operate an outpatient buprenorphine clinic that was reported to have about 130 patients as of May 1, 2019. Learn more from Lane County’s webpage: Click Here.
The Federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) provides the authoritative information on “MAT” clinics for patients and the public. Click Here.
Methadone is a synthetic opioid commonly used to treat opiate addictions, especially addiction to heroin. Methadone acts on the same opioid receptors as morphine and heroin to stabilize patients and minimize withdrawal symptoms in the case of an addiction. Click for more information.
Buprenorphine is used to treat dependence/addiction to opioids (narcotics). Buprenorphine belongs to a class of drugs called mixed opioid agonist-antagonists. It helps prevent withdrawal symptoms caused by stopping other opioids. Buprenorphine differs from methadone which, like heroin, is a full agonist. It is by their actions on opioid receptors that opioids achieve their analgesic (pain-killing) as well as their addictive effects. … Buprenorphine, as a partial agonist, does not activate mu receptors to the same extent as methadone.
While the widely accepted medical opinion is that Methadone is an efficacious treatment, it is not a panacea and there are Methadone treatment cautions.
This site will provide independent information on the County plans, as well as covering issues that are critical to the MAT clinic being a “Good Neighbor,” with a positive impact on citizens in the proximate area, including residents, property owners, business owners and individuals visiting or passing through the area.
The Federal Government has published an excellent starting point for understanding “Best Practices” for MAT clinics:
Federal Guidelines for Methadone Clinics