New opioid treatment clinic open at Logan Regional Hospital

Logan Regional Hospital’s new opioid treatment clinic, Dayspring in Logan, is open and accepting patients with a Grand Opening in May.

The clinic’s medical director, Dr. Eric Barker, said it is a federally-certified clinic, the only type allowed to provide the full spectrum of all the FDA-approved medications for treatment of opioid use disorder.

“For that reason a lot of patients here in Cache Valley, not having it available, have been having to drive down — usually multiple days a week — to Ogden or to a different clinic quite a distance away,” said Dr. Barker. “That’s a big inconvenience for patients and it’s a deterrent for them trying to seek treatment. And, also, it can be dangerous during certain times of the year when the roads are icey and so forth.”

Dr. Barker said the official’s recommendation for length of treatment is “indefinite.”

“That basically means it’s going to depend on the individual,” he explained. “On the whole, studies have shown that at least one year in treatments allows the brain time to recover. Typically, for most patients I would recommend we get them to a point of stability in life, which is not just the absence of drug use, but the presence of mental health and social support and housing and work and social connections.”

Appointments for screening and intake evaluations can be made at (435) 716-1320. Additional information can be found on the clinic’s website.

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