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New Mobile Health Unit Serves Caroline County Recovering Addicts

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DENTON, Md. - A new mobile health unit parked it's first Eastern Shore van in Denton.

The University of Maryland's School of Medicine will now be offering telemedicine services to recovering opioid addicts in Caroline County through a partnership with the Health Department.  Health Officer Scott LeRoy says there will also be local peer counseling available inside the unit for those in need.

"Recovery is always a personal choice, and you have to be there when they're ready to make the change," LeRoy said. 

But LeRoy says Caroline County especially struggles with providing specialized healthcare for residents because of the distance from urban areas.

"Out in the rural areas, it's hard to find transportation. Healthcare providers are all spread wide apart, not everybody uses the same provider," LeRoy said. 

So now through the grant-funded vehicle, those in recovery can get unique resources without having to travel far at all.  Associate Professor of Psychiatry Eric Weintraub says urban areas were traditionally "the norm" for opioid abuse, but over the last few years rural counties have been more severely affected. 

"Rural areas have actually been disproportionately impacted. Unfortunately there's a lack of access to life saving medication and assisted treatment for these patients," Weintraub said.

LeRoy hopes to have the unit travel to different areas within the county to host those in need.

"If there was a recovery house here on the shore that needed to get 10 or 20 people to treatment, we could potentially take our unit and park it in the parking lot. And then service individuals at the house itself, it would just reduce the amount of transportation needed," LeRoy said. 

For now the mobile unit is stationed at the Caroline County Health Department and is serving patients on an appointment only basis.

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