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Essentia Health launches substance use disorder hotline

Hotline is 24 hour


Essentia Health has developed a 24-hour hotline to connect patients with a substance use disorder provider near them.

The hotline was created as a service to the communities that Essentia Health serves and is open to anyone. Services can be accessed by calling 833-677-1262.

“The purpose of the 24/7 substance use disorder hotline is to help remove barriers to connect patients suffering from a substance use disorder directly to an appointment with an Essentia Health provider for non-judgmental care,” Kelly Black, program manager for Essentia Health’s opioid treatment program, said in a news release. “We’ve made great strides to increase the number of medical providers who can offer medication for opioid use disorder.”

Known as Medicine for Opioid Use Disorder, the program uses medicines, such as Suboxone, and therapy to reduce cravings and withdrawal. Essentia Health currently has a staff of more than 30 trained providers across its service areas and plans to have an additional 40 trained providers within the next year.

“Opioid use disorder is a chronic, relapsing condition, the treatment of which falls within the scope of practice for family physicians,” Black said. “With appropriate medication and supporting services, patients are more likely to enter full recovery.”


Essentia’s care team offers personalized care to patients and families suffering from the chronic disease of substance use disorder, including alcohol, tobacco, vaping, opiates, methamphetamine and marijuana.

The clinic-based program provides education and an individualized, patient-centered treatment plan to help with withdrawal symptoms. It also helps connect patients with community resources. Care is provided in a safe, supportive environment, and families can be involved in treatment plans, depending on the patient’s preferences.

Nancy Vogt is editor of the Pineandlakes Echo Journal, a weekly newspaper that covers eight communities in the Pequot Lakes-Pine River areas - from Nisswa to Hackensack and Pequot Lakes to Crosslake.

She started as editor of the Lake Country Echo in July 2006, and continued in that role when the Lake Country Echo and the Pine River Journal combined in September 2013 to become the Pineandlakes Echo Journal. She worked for the Brainerd Dispatch from 1992-2006 in various roles.

She covers Nisswa, Pequot Lakes, Lake Shore and Crosslake city councils, as well as writes feature stories, news stories and personal columns (Vogt's Notes). She also takes photos at community events.

Contact her at nancy.vogt@pineandlakes.com or 218-855-5877 with story ideas or questions. Be sure to leave a voicemail message!
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