Identifying Opportunities for Outpatient Opioid Detoxification in Green County


Abigail Becker


Green County
Community Size
University of Wisconsin - Madison
UniverCity Year
Case Type
Project Stories
Focus Areas
Population Health Sciences
EPA Region 5, USA
University Department Code
Public Health
Sustainable Development Goals
03 Good Health and Well-Being
Population Type

Opioid addiction and management of addiction is an emerging issue in the United States, as well as in Green County, WI. Inpatient treatment facilities are traditionally the favored
approach to opioid addiction management, partially due to the ability to directly supervise
treatment. However, inpatient treatment can be expensive, due to staffing, operations, and
facility maintenance costs. Green County has been able to utilize inpatient facilities located in
other counties throughout the state due to grant funding. Since this funding is expected to be
discontinued, it is imperative that a lower cost alternative to treatment be made available to the
community. An ambulatory detoxification program or other outpatient treatment program may
allow the community to provide addiction management services without the expense of
transporting patients to other counties and paying for their inpatient programs. In this report, we
describe a potential approach to building an outpatient opioid addiction management program
using primarily existing community resources, with the goal of providing lower-cost, evidence based opioid addiction management in Green County.

Read the final student report delivered to the local gov/community partner.

UniverCity Year Contact Info
Gavin Luter
Managing Director

University Faculty Contact
Barbara Duerst
Population Health Sciences

Local Government / Community Contact

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