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Urgent Warning: Closure of Addiction Clinics in New Hampshire & Vermont Sparks Concern

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In a distressing turn of events, the sudden closure of New England Medicine and Counseling Associates has sent shockwaves through the addiction treatment community in New Hampshire and Vermont. Dr. Adnan S. Khan, the owner of the clinics, faces federal charges, leading to the abrupt shutdown and leaving patients in a state of uncertainty.

State health officials are sounding the alarm, fearing that the closure could jeopardize the progress of patients undergoing substance use treatment. With medication-assisted treatments like buprenorphine abruptly cut off, individuals are at an increased risk of relapse and opioid overdose. Dr. Jonathan Ballard, the chief medical officer at the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, emphasizes the urgent need for affected patients to find new providers swiftly.

Fortunately, there's a lifeline for those in need. The state is actively assisting patients in transitioning to new providers, offering resources such as helplines and Doorway locations. Moreover, New Hampshire has significantly expanded its network of providers authorized to prescribe buprenorphine, ensuring that patients have access to vital medication-assisted treatment.

However, the potential risks of interrupted treatment cannot be understated. Patients experiencing withdrawal symptoms or facing relapse are urged to seek immediate care, including visiting emergency departments where buprenorphine can be prescribed as a temporary measure. The state health department has also alerted emergency rooms to be prepared for a potential surge in patients seeking assistance due to the clinic closures.

Furthermore, there's a stern warning against attempting to obtain buprenorphine illicitly, as it could be contaminated with dangerous substances like fentanyl, posing a lethal risk. Dr. Ballard stresses the importance of keeping naloxone, the overdose-reversal drug, readily available. It's a crucial tool in preventing fatal overdoses, and it's available for free at designated Doorway sites.

The federal charges against Dr. Adnan S. Khan shed light on alleged malpractices, including unlawfully distributing controlled substances and health care fraud. These accusations underscore the gravity of the situation and the need for swift action to ensure the safety and well-being of affected patients.

In Manchester, Andrew Warner, director of overdose prevention, emphasizes the importance of perseverance in recovery. Despite the challenges posed by the clinic closures, he reassures patients that there are numerous avenues for accessing medication-assisted treatment, including telehealth options.

As the community grapples with the aftermath of the clinic closures, it's imperative to rally support for those affected and to bolster resources for addiction treatment. By coming together and advocating for comprehensive, accessible care, we can mitigate the impact of such disruptions and safeguard the health and recovery of individuals battling substance use disorders.

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