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Mobile services for opioid use disorder to serve rural areas

October 9, 2021 GMT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Chittenden County’s Howard Center plans to launch a mobile clinic next year to help rural residents access treatment for opioid use disorder.

A federal grant supporting the project is intended to get service to the rural areas of Chittenden, Franklin and Grand Isle Counties, WCAX-TV reported.

The center hopes the clinic can bring syringe exchange, fentanyl testing strips and access to methadone to these rural areas where residents have trouble accessing care.

Dan Hall of the Howard Center said that “being able to go to people is key,” especially amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The mobile outreach services are expected to start in mid-2022.