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Medication for Opioid Use Disorder

Medication for Opioid Use Disorder (MOUD) is a promising way to treat opioid use disorder, combining the use of medication with counseling and behavioral therapies to support people in their journeys of recovery. We launched a MOUD program with the lowest barriers in King County in 2018.

DESC’s MOUD programs, BAT (Buprenorphine Assisted Treatment) & OTN (Opioid Treatment Network), provide Buprenorphine-Naloxone (Suboxone/Sublocade/Subutex) or Naltrexone (Vivitrol) to people with Opioid Use Disorder. (The two programs, BAT and OTN, have different sources of funding.)

This program works to address the unmet needs in the community that DESC serves, people who can’t travel to the same location each day or individuals who struggle to meet the requirements and/or demands of more traditional clinics.

MOUD is stabilization and maintenance treatment that does not require abstaining from drugs or alcohol or enrolling in other services. While primarily aiming to help those with Opioid Use Disorder, this program also serves those with co-occurring substance use or mental health disorders. Our program specializes in working with those whom other buprenorphine programs have discharged, and those needing outreach services. DESC is currently unable to provide Methadone therapy.

How to receive services

  • Must be 18 years or over and not already enrolled in another OTN/OTP
  • Available to all, including enrolled DESC clients and community members, regardless of insurance or immigration status
  • Care is offered and available to clients as they need it, rather than on providers’ requirements:
    • Treatment is available to people in our emergency shelters, outpatient programs and in supportive housing
    • On the phone and in person at 216 James St. or at The Clinic at Hobson Place, through community outreach or anywhere that the client feels safe
    • Clinic walk-in​ appointments–Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
    • Clinic same-day prescriptions whenever possible and regularly on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.
  • We are committed to continuous support of clients interested in or participating in MOUD services, and collaborating with them to determine individual plans of care

For more information, contact OTN@desc.org or at (206) 464-6454, ext. 4193.

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