Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19

LAST UPDATED ON 03/15/2021

As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at Portland CTC Cluster to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

In adherence to the social distancing recommendations provided by the CDC, we have implemented strict protocols at our clinic to ensure the safety of our patients and staff.

  • Patients who have active symptoms of illness or a fever of 100 degrees or higher must call ahead to arrange after-hours dosing.
  • The number of people allowed inside the building at any given time is restricted based on county, state, and federal guidelines.
  • The number of people waiting in line is restricted based on county, state, and federal guidelines, and those present must maintain a minimum distance of six feet from one another.
  • To maintain line restrictions, patients are asked to wait in their cars until direction is given.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, there are certain restrictions in place regarding on-site visitation at Portland CTC Cluster.

  • These restrictions have been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff receives ongoing infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance is provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.
  • We are in communication with our local health department to receive important community-specific updates.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

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Subutex (Buprenorphine) Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I know if Subutex is right for me?

Approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Subutex is a prescription medication that is effective in treating opioid addiction. If you are addicted to opioids such as morphine, prescription pain medications, or heroin, Subutex is an effective and safe option to help put your opioid addiction to bed once and for all. When taken as prescribed and as a part of a medication assisted treatment program, this medication can minimize the intensity of withdrawal symptoms, as well as put an end to nagging drug cravings.

It is important to consult with a medical professional in order to determine if Subutex is the appropriate medication for you. This same medical professional can evaluate your needs and hear your concerns, and from there inform you of the treatment he or she feels will be most effective.

Can I become addicted to Subutex?

Yes. Subutex has addictive properties, as buprenorphine (the primary ingredient in this medication) is an opioid-based medication. It has been reported that the likelihood of becoming addicted to buprenorphine is low due to the fact that this medication is prescribed and closely monitored by medical professionals within treatment programs.

Will Subutex show up on a drug screening?

No. If you take a standard drug test, Subutex will not cause your test to turn positive. However, these tests can detect other substances, such as heroin. There are specialized tests that can pick up traces of Subutex, but they are not typically used unless otherwise specified.

How long will I need to be on Subutex?

You will remain on Subutex for as little or as long as you need. You and your physician will work together to determine the most appropriate length of time for your use. Keep in mind that some individuals stay on Subutex for longer periods of time than others, however your needs will decide your length of use.

Does Subutex interact with other drugs or medications?

Yes. If you mix Subutex with other drugs or medications, you can experience negative side effects. The side effects felt will be based on the medications that you are combining with Subutex, and these effects can range from mild to severe. Your physician can offer you more information regarding potential interactions you might experience based on the medications you are taking. Be mindful that it is not recommended for individuals who are on Subutex to drink alcohol or engage in recreational drug use.

As with most prescription medications, you should always keep your physician informed as to what medications you are taking or any substances that you might be using. This way, he or she can provide you with the appropriate warnings.

What if I no longer wish to take Subutex? Can I stop or switch to a different medication?

In order to safely stop taking Subutex, you must work with your physician to properly taper off of this medication so that you do not experience withdrawal symptoms. In many cases, individuals start their medication assisted treatment on Subutex and then slowly transition to Suboxone for the remainder of their care. Based on your own personal needs, you, your physician, and your counselor can decide what your best plan of action should be.

What is the cost of Subutex treatment?

The treatment we provide at Portland Comprehensive Treatment Centers is specific to each patient’s needs and is created to be a personalized experience for all who come to us for treatment. Part of this experience is the implementation of services that meet your individual needs. It is because of this approach that the cost of your Subutex treatment will vary from that of other patients. To speak with someone about the possible price you might be paying for medication assisted treatment, please contact one of our intake specialists today.