National chain opens three addiction centers in Indiana

A fast-growing, national chain of addiction-treatment centers has opened its first two locations in Indianapolis and one in Bloomington in response to the state’s opioid epidemic.

CleanSlate Centers said Tuesday it opened outpatient treatment centers locally at 9660 E. Washington St. and 1725 N. Meridian St., and another at 502 W. 2nd St. in Bloomington. All three locations began seeing patients last week, the company said.

CleanSlate, based in Nashville, Tennessee, has 38 centers in eight states, and is opening new one every few weeks around the country. The company already has clinics in Fort Wayne, Elkhart, Merrillville and Anderson.

The treatment centers are led by physicians and use evidence-based practices to help people suffering from chronic addictions related to opioid and alcohol use disorders, the company said in its announcement.

CleanSlate, founded in 2009, has treated nearly 7,000 patients at its network. It is backed by Apple Tree Partners, a venture capital and private equity firm based in New York.

Indiana is one of four states where the fatal drug overdose rate has more than quadrupled since 1999, according to Indiana University researchers. The total cost of drug overdoses in Indiana exceeds $1 billion a year in medical expenses and lost earnings, according to a study last year by IU’s Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health.

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