The Eastern Shore region is shared by two states, both Virginia to the South and Maryland to its north. Of the southern area, Virginia consists of two counties (Accomack and Northampton) on a 70 mile-long stretch of vertical coastline. “The Shore” shares both the Atlantic Ocean to its east and the Chesapeake Bay to its west and is known for its great fishing, farming, and a laid-back way of living. With less than 50,000 residents, the Eastern Shore is a rather small area that has a hometown community feel. When asked, “what makes this place special,” a local woman named Scarlet told us, “Because we just all know each other and look after one another”.
So, with such a small community of people are they being impacted by the opioid and addiction crisis the rest of the Commonwealth is going through? Are small towns like the Eastern Shore not protected from hard drugs like heroin making their way to the streets? With a large elderly population, are medications that physicians prescribe getting into the wrong hands?
The short answer is yes. In the year 2016, there were nearly 40 fatal drug overdoses on the Eastern Shore, according to a state report. Thirty-one were in Accomack with 25 being attributed to opioids — four were specifically being blamed on heroin and three were blamed on cocaine. Another four Accomack deaths, three of which occurred in 2016, were attributed to the drug fentanyl, which is often laced with heroin.
If you are dealing with addiction issues or know someone that needs help please do not wait another single day. The Shore now has resources that are available and most treatment plans are covered by health insurance and Medicaid. Throughout this website, there are many options and resources for getting you the help that is needed.
Right Path Treatment Center is located just off Route 13 in the Chesapeake Square Shopping Center in Onley. Right Path is an outpatient treatment center that emphasizes combining evidence-based plans that have the highest success rates. Often referred to as MAT (medically assisted treatment), our physicians use medications such as BUPRENORPHINE, SUBOXONE, VIVITROL injections, and PROBUPHINE implants. Right Path’s model of treatment has a strong emphasis of coupling medication with counseling and support. This combination has been proven to be the most effective way to treat opioid/heroin/alcohol addiction compared to other more traditional methods.
Right Path Addiction Treatment Centers proudly works with most major insurance providers including Medicaid and affordable self-pay options are also available. Call 757-266-4090 to schedule a same day appointment. Let Right Path help you “RECOVER YOUR FUTURE” today!