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

LAST UPDATED ON 12/17/2020

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 Western Pennsylvania Comprehensive Treatment Centers 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, on-site visitation is no longer allowed at Western Pennsylvania Comprehensive Treatment Centers.

  • This restriction has 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 has received infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance has been provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are being 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?

Approved by the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the treatment of addiction, Subutex is prescribed to individuals who are struggling with an opioid dependency. This medication is extremely safe when taken as directed under the close supervision of a licensed medical professional. Subutex provides patients with relief from the physical symptoms of withdrawal while eliminating cravings for continued opioid use. Subutex is one of several medications that are available within Western Pennsylvania Comprehensive Treatment Centers’ medication assisted treatment program. Due to this, patients should work closely with our medical team in order to determine the appropriate medication based upon their unique set of treatment requirements.

Can I become addicted to Subutex?

With buprenorphine as its active ingredient, Subutex can be addictive. However, when Subutex is taken as prescribed, the risk for addiction is extremely minimal. Western Pennsylvania Comprehensive Treatment Centers closely monitors the administration of all medications to decrease the chances for abuse and addiction.

Will Subutex show up on a drug screening?

Patients who are prescribed Subutex will not test positive on a drug screen, as a specific test is required in order to detect the presence of buprenorphine. If a patient abuses opioids or other substances while in treatment, he or she will then test positive on a standard drug panel.

How long will I need to be on Subutex?

The length of time that a patient takes Subutex will vary based upon his or her unique treatment progress and goals. Some patients may remain on Subutex long-term, while others may only utilize it for a short period of time. By working closely with their treatment provider, patients are able to determine the appropriate length of time for which Subutex will benefit them.

Does Subutex interact with other drugs or medications?

Prior to incorporating Subutex into a treatment plan, patients should first notify their treatment provider of any over-the-counter medications, prescription medications, and other substances that they are taking, as dangerous interactions can occur when certain substances are combined with Subutex. Patients who are prescribed this medication should refrain from alcohol and any other recreational drugs while in treatment.

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. Patients who abruptly cease use of Subutex are at an increased risk for experiencing symptoms of withdrawal. Once Subutex is completely out of an individual’s system, he or she can either remain opioid-free without the aid of a prescription medication or transition onto a different medication for the remainder of their treatment.

What is the cost of Subutex treatment?

Treatment at Western Pennsylvania Comprehensive Treatment Centers is highly customized in order to meet the unique needs of each patient. Due to the personalized nature of our treatment services, the final cost of care will vary among patients. To learn more about the treatment options that we offer, and to get a more detailed understanding of the cost of care based upon your specific needs, please contact Western Pennsylvania Comprehensive Treatment Centers today. We are here to provide patients with the tools, education, and care that are required for them successfully progress toward an opioid-free future.