Lubbock Physicians and Recovery Clinics Talk About Opioid Emergency

LUBBOCK,TX - Lubbock recovery centers say they are in support of The White House Opioid Commission asking President Trump to declare a national health emergency confronting the deadly epidemic.

Clinical Director of The Ranch at Dove Tree Recovery, Karmen Adkins, said they see clients who struggle with opioids at a wide range. 

"We see a lot of clients with opioid addiction from fentanyl to pills to heroine, just kind of the whole gamut,"Adkins said. "I think this national state of emergency is a great start, just to  educate, hoping everyone understands the severity of the addiction," 

Dr. Juan Fitz, a physician in Covenant's emergency room said Lubbock hospitals have come together to stop administering certain pain medications that might lead to opioid addictions. 

"We all came together to work on this so we wouldn't have patients shopping around going from one hospital to the next, we are all on the same level, we do not administer these pain medications," Fitz said.

The White House panel suggested that EMS workers and law enforcement officers to carry an opioid overdose antidote "naloxone". Adkins said this drug helps to save lives in an emergency setting but it doesn't help with addiction long term.

"Really the solution is long term treatment and counseling,"Adkins said.


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