Craighead Methadone Clinics & Treatment Centers

Name rehabsAddressPhone
BHG Medical Services Jonesboro 5510 Southwest Drive Suite 8 Jonesboro, AR 72404
Northeast Arkansas Treatment Services 912 Osler Dr B Jonesboro, AR 72401
  • Rules and regulations: Craighead adheres to strict federal and state regulations regarding methadone clinics, outlined by the DEA, SAMHSA, and the Arkansas Department of Health.
  • Certification procedures involve licensing, accreditation, staff credentials, dispensing protocols, and security measures.
  • Benefits of medication-assisted treatment with methadone include reduced opioid use, overdoses, and transmission of infections like HIV and hepatitis.
  • Clinics provide daily supervised methadone dosing, counseling, drug testing, and case management to treat opioid addiction on an outpatient basis.

Insurance Coverage

  • Free clinics provide treatment at no upfront cost to clients based on grant funding and donations.
  • Medicaid covers methadone treatment fees, counseling, and testing for enrollees.
  • Private insurance coverage varies widely – some plans cover limited treatment elements like therapy or testing only after high deductibles are met. Many offer no coverage for methadone specifically.

Drug Use in Craighead

  • The opioid epidemic was declared a statewide public health emergency in Arkansas in 2016.
  • In 2020, Craighead County recorded 32 overdose deaths, up from 22 deaths in 2019.
  • Commonly abused substances include prescription opioids, heroin, fentanyl, methamphetamine, and alcohol.

Addiction Treatment Overview

Inpatient Treatment

  • Medically-managed detox and intensive therapies in a specialty facility 24/7.
  • Typical stays last 30-90 days.
  • Services cover stabilization, counseling, aftercare planning.

Outpatient Treatment

  • Up to 5 days a week for 1-5 hours of services without an overnight stay.
  • Provided at clinics, community health centers, and hospitals countywide.

Treatment Level Unreported

An estimated 37% of people receive unreported addiction treatment.

(Details from SAMHSA and ADH data)

Comparison of Treatment in Craighead County vs. Memphis

CategoryCraighead CountyMemphis
Treatment Centers316
Inpatient Beds24267
Cost of Treatment$5,000/month$15,000/month

Methadone Treatment

What is Methadone

  • Methadone is an opioid agonist medication used in medication-assisted treatment (MAT) programs to treat opioid use disorder (OUD). It activates opioid receptors, blocking euphoric effects of opioids and relieving withdrawal symptoms.
  • Societal perspectives on methadone treatment are mixed. While it helps many recover, some view substituting one opioid for another skeptically.
  • In layman’s terms, methadone tricks the brain into thinking it’s still getting the problem opioid, allowing people dependent on opioids to function and stabilize their lives.

Methadone Distribution

Methadone distribution follows strict monitoring regulations:

  1. Urine testing: Patients must undergo at least eight drug tests in the first treatment year.
  2. Take-home requirements: The methadone supply is limited to a daily dose for the first 14 days.
  3. Monitoring: Methadone treatment programs require oversight by an interprofessional team.
  4. Prescription monitoring: Clinicians review PDMP data to carefully titrate dosing due to methadone’s narrow therapeutic window.

In Craighead County, methadone is classified as a Schedule II controlled prescription drug.

(Details from Arkansas PDMP and DEA)

Methadone Treatment Effectiveness Research

Methadone has been used effectively since 1947 to treat opioid addiction.

Studies show methadone reduces opioid use, disease transmission, and crime:

  • 33% fewer opioid-positive drug tests
  • 4.44 times more likely to stay in treatment

Remaining in treatment lowers overdose risk and raises employment.

However, major drawbacks include:

  • Potential for misuse and diversion
  • Severe withdrawal if stopped suddenly
  • Possible QTc prolongation/cardiac issues
  • Respiratory depression and overdose risk when combined with other substances
  • Research found methadone and buprenorphine equally reduced illicit opioid use.
  • In conclusion, methadone has benefits but also risks necessitating careful administration.

About Craighead

  • Craighead County is located in northeast Arkansas, bordering Missouri, Greene County, Poinsett County, and Mississippi County.
  • The county seat and largest city is Jonesboro.
  • Craighead County covers 760 square miles of land area.
  • Infrastructure includes Interstates 555 and 555 Spur, U.S. Highway 63, 2 public airports, and the Union Pacific Railroad.

Population Statistics

The population of Craighead County is approximately 114,500 as of 2021 census estimates.

Gender demographics:

  • 49% male
  • 51% female

Age brackets:

  • 23% under 18
  • 59% age 18-65
  • 18% over 65

Major occupations:

  • 21% educational services, healthcare, and social assistance
  • 13% retail trade
  • 11% arts, entertainment, recreation, accommodation and food services