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7/11/2017 5:11:00 PM
Heroin recovery program in Lafayette could treat 500 people per day

Joseph Paul, Journal and Courier

LAFAYETTE — An opioid treatment program in Lafayette, slated to open in 2018, could serve up to 500 people a day, officials said Tuesday.

Limestone Health, an affiliate of Lafayette-based Sycamore Springs, has been tapped to operate the program, one of five recently added to the state's lineup of 14 medication-assisted treatment centers.

The company is in the process of finalizing a lease on a new outpatient facility, which will administer medication-assisted treatments such as methadone in combination with daily individual and group therapy and physician services, Limestone President Matt Flynn said.

"We have designed the facility to be able to support up to approximately 500 patients a day," Flynn said. "We don’t have any indicators to the exact volume ... We will ensure the facility will have the capacity to manage that number of patients if needed."

Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski said he was "very comfortable" with the potential location, which was not disclosed Tuesday, and that he fully supports the program.

"We needed a multifaceted, community approach to the situation that did involve law enforcement, but also involved access to addiction services, which are actually quite limited, access to mental health services. We needed a community response."

The addition of the five treatment programs, announced last week by Gov. Eric Holcomb, will address an addiction crisis and disease epidemic sweeping across Indiana and fueled by heroin abuse and needle sharing, according to a news release from the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration.

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