The Turning Point of Tomorrow
The Future is Now
In keeping with our stated mission to replace the failed policies and treatment practices of the past three decades, Turning Point Clinic has created a Research and Development Unit to serve as a key clinic component of our state-of-the-art technical support office located in Columbia, Maryland.
In addition to recording and tracking individual patient progress and monitoring the work of our professional treatment and counseling staff, Turning Point’s technical support team has all the advanced skill sets required for a successful business and research operation.
Our large patient population, now numbering over 2000, makes Turning Point a model in test sample size for researching the results of current treatment procedures, while also helping Turning Point identify possible new, innovative programs that could be put in place by a progressive methadone treatment clinic such as ours.
At the present time, no other neighborhood treatment clinic in Maryland has the size, nor all the tools it takes, to accomplish this forward looking approach to research and development.
Methadone treats the physical suffering and psychological problems of heroin addiction. But a patient suffering from diabetes, for example, now walks in and out of a treatment clinic with it and, eventually, could find him or herself in the back of an emergency room–bound ambulance. That has to change. And Directed Care at Turning Point is the way to change it. Through our outpatient health records research, we are able to determine if and when a patient has been seen by a doctor. Or not. By requiring patients to be medically examined in an Urgent Care facility just across the street before receiving methadone treatment—and requiring them to take their prescribed medicine—we can expectto achieve more life-saving, tax-saving results.
It is an established fact of life in addiction that substance abusers are notorious for neglecting their personal health care by failing to go to the doctor, or simply forgetting to take their medicine when it has been prescribed. Given the fact that all manner of illness and disease is so widespread in a growing heroin hooked “community,” neglected health by addicts is becoming an “epidemic.” As a result, more and more addicts are arriving at hospital emergency rooms in ambulances. Many are then hospitalized for long term stays—costing the tax payer thousands of dollars. This can be substantially reduced by adding an Urgent Care Office to Turning Point Clinic’s campus complex.
Researching our patient records, Turning Point has determined that neighborhood access to Urgent Care, combined with the innovative treatment procedure of Directed Care, can save taxpayers up to ten million dollars a year in avoidable ER visits and hospitalizations.
Emphasizing Overdose Prevention
Until recently, heroin was widely considered a major contributor to death by overdose. However, extensive research has shown that heroin alone is less often the deadly main cause of overdose death. The majority of overdose fatalities occur when heroin is used along with alcohol and other opiates, such as cocaine and prescribed drugs. This is a lesson addicts must and will learn in Turning Point counseling: While heroin can certainly result in severe overdose problems and death, using heroin while also imbibing alcohol and/or other drugs is the fast track to certain death.
A Campus of Caring
Turning Point Clinic will continue to grow in size, patient population and results-oriented treatment programs and procedures. Recently, New Life Evangelic Baptist Church celebrated the ceremonial “ground breaking” of a new church building, which will free up space for hundreds of new patients in treatment center.
This reconstructed new building across Milton Avenue from the Clinic will not only house the new church, but will also include additional space for the Urgent Care offices as well as a greatly enlarge Food Pantry. The end result will be a “campus” of caring for what we see as “graduates of the school of hard knocks.”