Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19

LAST UPDATED ON 03/15/2021

As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at Salem Comprehensive Treatment Center to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

In adherence to the social distancing recommendations provided by the CDC, we have implemented strict protocols at our clinic to ensure the safety of our patients and staff.

  • Patients who have active symptoms of illness or a fever of 100 degrees or higher must call ahead to arrange after-hours dosing.
  • The number of people allowed inside the building at any given time is restricted based on county, state, and federal guidelines.
  • The number of people waiting in line is restricted based on county, state, and federal guidelines, and those present must maintain a minimum distance of six feet from one another.
  • To maintain line restrictions, patients are asked to wait in their cars until direction is given.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, there are certain restrictions in place regarding on-site visitation at Salem Comprehensive Treatment Center.

  • These restrictions have been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff receives ongoing infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance is provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.
  • We are in communication with our local health department to receive important community-specific updates.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

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Subutex (Buprenorphine) Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I know if Subutex is right for me?

Subutex is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of opioid dependence. Prescribed to patients who are struggling with an addiction to prescription painkillers or heroin, Subutex provides patients with relief from the physical discomforts of withdrawal while decreasing cravings for additional opioid use.

Patients who are considering utilizing Subutex should first consult with their physician in order to determine if Subutex is the appropriate treatment option based upon their unique treatment goals and needs.

Can I become addicted to Subutex?

Because Subutex contains buprenorphine as its active ingredient, it is possible for a person to become addicted to Subutex. However, when this medication is taken as directed and under the supervision of a trained medical professional, the risk of addiction is extremely low. Medical professionals carefully monitor the administration of this medication and can ensure the safety of patients when they are able to track each person’s progress while on Subutex.

Will Subutex show up on a drug screening?

Because a specific test is required to detect buprenorphine on a drug screen, patients who are prescribed Subutex will not test positive on a drug test. However, the use of other opioids will show up on a drug panel should a patient attempt to abuse substances during the course of treatment.

How long will I need to be on Subutex?

Although a person can use Subutex long-term, patients who begin treatment on this medication are not required to remain on it for an extended period of time. By working closely with your treatment provider, you will be able to determine the appropriate length of time that Subutex will benefit you for.

Does Subutex interact with other drugs or medications?

The use of Subutex can cause negative interactions when taken with other mediations. Because of this, patients are urged to openly discuss the use of other substances or medications with their physician prior to incorporating the use of Subutex into their treatment plan. Patients who are prescribed Subutex should refrain from using other opioids, illicit substances, and alcohol during the course of treatment due to the dangerous side effects that can take place.

What if I no longer wish to take Subutex? Can I stop or switch to a different medication?

Patients who no longer wish to take Subutex should work closely with their treatment team in order to safely wean off of their medication. Because dangerous side effects can take place when the use of Subutex suddenly ceases, patients should slowly taper off of their medication based on the recommendation of their physician. It is extremely common for patients to begin their treatment on Subutex, but later transition onto Suboxone for long-term maintenance. Patients should work closely with their treatment team in order to determine the appropriate course of treatment based upon their unique needs.

What is the cost of Subutex treatment?

The treatment provided by Salem Comprehensive Treatment Center is highly individualized to meet the needs of each patient who walks through our doors. Our team of counselors, nurses, and physicians works closely with patients to create a customized plan of treatment that will help patients meet their goals while in our care. Because of this, the final cost of care can differ between patients. To learn more about the final cost of care, please contact Salem Comprehensive Treatment Center today.