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Health/Wellness

Have a drug problem? Bureau County Health Department tells where to find help

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If you or a loved one or friend has an opioid addiction, the Bureau County Health Department has partnered with Community Partners Against Substance Abuse, which is made up of various law enforcement, primary and mental health agencies and specialists to help in your, or their, recovery.

Opioids include heroin and synthetic pain drugs like Vicodin, codeine, oxycodone, methadone and fentanyl.

“In Bureau and Putnam counties, if a person with a substance abuse disorder goes into a police station and says, ‘I need help,’ they’ll arrange for placement for them to start recovery,” said Terry Madsen, a member of CPASA’s executive team. “There are also support groups for them and their families and support people. It’s a lifelong issue for people who have this disorder.

“Some doctors and clinics are really sensitive to this issue and up on it and are willing to take these people on as patients under whatever circumstances, to help them out,” Madsen said, adding that in Princeton Perry Memorial Hospital has added staff and made connections to make it easier to address patients to come into the emergency room and to get them into residential care.

Substance abusers can also go to a doctor’s office, emergency room in a hospital or a prompt care clinic for help. Some mental health service providers offer medically assisted treatment. Additionally, CPASA, in partnership with the Medical Reserve Corps at the Bureau County Health Department and Perry Memorial, have trained all law enforcement officers in Putnam, Bureau and Marshall counties in how to use the lifesaving drug Narcan that brings people out of overdose.

Regardless of income, there are ways to provide treatment to those who need it, Madsen said.

For more information or to receive help, call CPASA at (815) 872-5091

Bureau County Health Department

Address: 526 S Bureau Valley Pkwy Suite A

Princeton, IL 61356

(815) 872-5091

www.bchealthdepartment.org