COLUMBUS, Ohio–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Pinnacle Treatment Centers (PTC), a leader in providing accessible treatment for substance use disorders, announced today it has acquired Addiction Medicine Care (AMC) of Columbus, an office-based opioid treatment program (OBOT) located at 6434 E. Main Street, Reynoldsburg, Ohio. AMC of Columbus is Pinnacle’s 18th OBOT in Ohio.

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Pinnacle is one of a select few treatment facilities to provide underserved communities with affordable substance abuse treatment and the option of outpatient care. This model of care empowers patients to take control of their treatment as it affords them the opportunity to maintain employment, school obligations and family commitments while getting the treatment necessary to address their recovery.

According to a recent study by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), drug overdoses killed more than 72,000 people in the United States last year. The majority of deaths—nearly 49,000—were caused by opioids, and the biggest driver was the dangerous synthetic opioid, fentanyl which killed more than 29,000 people followed by heroine. The rising numbers make the drug epidemic more deadly than gun violence, automobile accidents or AIDS. The highest death rates were reported in West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Ohio.

“Given the opioid epidemic in Ohio, there is a drastic need for treatment, and our company is committed to bringing affordable care directly into the community to help solve this crisis.” Joseph Pritchard, CEO of Pinnacle Treatment Centers, who made his personal journey through recovery and is now dedicated to helping others, recognizes the need for outpatient programs that are designed to offer support in managing stress and provide patients with relapse prevention strategies, while connecting them with community support. “We are pleased to add AMC of Columbus to our program offerings and locations, and will do our part to continue to bring hope to the community of Reynoldsburg and the Columbus area, and help those suffering take their lives back from the grips of opioid addiction.”

In an effort to quell the number of drug fatalities, Ohio Governor, Mike DeWine recently announced a state initiative to address substance use and mental health, “We have had limited programs in the past where we have had good, strong evidence that they work.” DeWine said he wants to decrease the number of drug deaths, as well as address underlying mental health issues that lead many into substance abuse.” The ideas for the initiative came from the Recovery Ohio Advisory Council, made up of mental health and addiction experts, law enforcement officers and state agency leaders.

The OBOT program offers medication-assisted treatment utilizing Suboxone, medically-assisted detox, and individual, group and family therapy with flexible day and evening hours six days per week.

Pinnacle will retain the medical, clinical and administrative staff at the facility, which treats 400 adult men and women on a daily basis. AMC of Columbus is in-network with most insurance providers and also accepts Medicaid.

Pinnacle’s 25+ programs in Ohio, which include a residential drug and alcohol addiction treatment center, Recovery Works Columbus, exemplify an integrated ambulatory model of care. “If we can deliver high quality, cost effective care through an integrated system including residential, ambulatory care, MAT/opioid treatment programs and sober housing, we are able to treat more individuals by removing the barriers that make it difficult for getting help,” Pritchard added.

This article originally appeared in an article in Business Wire.