Addiction Medicine Fellowship at St. Vincent Charity Medical Center
While the field of addiction medicine is a relatively new specialty, the disease of addiction is certainly not. The chronicity and severity of addiction takes a devastating toll on personal health, family and society. In addition, untreated addiction is a major driver of increasing healthcare costs.
Ohio has seen significant increases of illicit substance use and health related complications of substance use since 2011 - greater than national trends according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse There is an epidemic of addiction in the Ohio. One adult dies of an opiate overdose in Ohio every 6 hours. The demographic has progressively changed over the last ten years. The age of the addicted patients has been going down and the age of people dying of opiate overdose is younger every year. The Ohio patient dying now is 20 to 40 years old and decreasing. There is widespread prescription opiates and heroin use among high school aged children. It is a critical that we develop more physicians able to treat addicted patients, particularly the opiate addicted patients.
Doctors Parran and Adelman at Rosary Hall, St. Vincent Medical Center, have trained over thirty (30) Addiction Medicine Fellows, most in collaboration with University Hospitals of Cleveland and the Cleveland Veterans Administration Hospital.
The St. Vincent Charity Medical Center Addiction Medicine Fellowship is now certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine, this program will allow us to train two physicians a year as Addiction Medicine specialists who will be board certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine.
There is an increasing need for Addiction Medicine consultants in all existing medical surgical hospitals. Two community hospitals in the Cleveland area have now created an Addiction Medicine consult service to address the needs of patient admitted to the hospital for treatment of conditions not related to their addiction but the addiction and withdrawal so complicates the hospital stay that it interferes with the treatment of the admitting diagnosis. By training more addiction medicine specialist the access for the patients and community hospitals for addiction treatment will be increased. In addition there is a need for addiction medicine physicians working in addiction treatment programs and more trained physicians will be able to serve that population.