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Chamber hears about new Mobile Medication Assisted Treatment bus for those addicted to opioids

Thursday, March 24, 2022 - The Sallisaw Chamber of Commerce held their monthly meeting on Wednesday, March 23 at People Incorporated. This month’s meeting not only attracted a huge crowd, but it also brought a lot of valuable information and resources to the community.

The meeting began with the announcement of the new adventure skydive center in Sallisaw. The grand opening weekend will be from April 9 at 9 a.m. to April 10 at 6:30 p.m. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at 12:30 on April 9 where you will find one of Sallisaw's chamber board members, Amy Edwards, jumping out of an airplane.

Marley Abel made the announcement to members that the board is currently updating their bi-laws regarding membership requirements and duration. Abel said, "If you would like to review the updated bi-laws, you may do so by visiting the Sallisaw Chamber of Commerce.

Ambassador and board member of the Sallisaw Chamber of Commerce, Amy Edwards, announced, "The chamber's kindness committee has come up with the next quarter's theme, which is "Building a Better Sallisaw."

The chamber member of the month award was presented to Raymond Merrill, who comes with a list of experience and knowledge that he brings to the City of Sallisaw.

The Sallisaw Health and Wellness Center's Chief Operating Officer (COO), Brooke Lattimore, was the Chambers Keynote speaker. Lattimore spoke about the new mobile medication assisted treatment (MAT) bus that is now being offered through a partnership with Cherokee Nation and The Sallisaw Health and Wellness Center. for rural area residents in the county. (Lattimore and photos of the inside of the MAT bus are pictured above.)

The MAT bus offers recovery options through the use of the medication suboxone. The service is available for those living in rural areas throughout Sequoyah County who are suffering from addiction to opioid prescriptions.

Lattimore said, "Sequoyah County has one of the highest drug overdose rates in the state. Only one out of every ten people with addiction actually receive treatment for their addiction, and that’s across the nation. The number one barrier supporting this data is the lack of access to care. So that is where we step in to offer this care in a mobile setting. In addition, our organization offers prescription delivery to these rural areas without ever having to step foot in our clinic. "

Services will be completed through a telemedicine experience on the Mobile Mat bus at the following locations: Mondays-Akins Store (Hwy 101) from 8-4, Tuesdays-Brushy School (Sallisaw) from 9-5, Wednesdays-Rural Fire Dept. #3 (Moonshine Rd, Gore) from 8-4, and Thursdays-Rural Fire Dept. # 1 (Hwy 64 Vian) from 9-5.

"We are doing our best to eliminate the stigma in regards to treatment services for those with addiction issues," Lattimore stated.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call (800)-640-974 Ext. 1022.

Lindsie Dyer, Staff Writer

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