PAWTUCKET, R.I. (WPRI) — Opioid addiction has grown enough across Rhode Island that a key drug treatment non-profit organization is opening its 9th location statewide.
The spreading crisis of addiction and epidemic of people overdosing has been accompanied by “some of the highest rates of other substance use disorders and mental health issues,” according to CODAC Behavioral Healthcare president and CEO Linda Hurley.
“The numbers of people coming to us for care have skyrocketed. We needed more space [and] more staff to meet that need,” Hurley said.
The new center is on Pawtucket Avenue near the Providence city line and officially opens on March 11.
The building houses counseling rooms as well as medical suites and will offer medication-assisted treatment, tobacco cessation programs, ambulatory or outpatient care and other holistic approaches to treating addiction.
Hurley expects the location, closer to Pawtucket, to attract a new group of under-served individuals from the city. She also said community neighbors have been encouraging about the location’s opening.