The Brentwood addiction treatment company Spero Health has opened two new clinics in Tennessee. / Photo courtesy of Spero Health.
By MATT BLOIS
The Brentwood addiction treatment company Spero Health has opened a third clinic in Tennessee and plans to build more to address opioid addiction.
In May, the company opened its first addiction treatment clinic in Tennessee, located in Smyrna. This summer, Spero opened new clinics in Dickson and Chattanooga.
While the number of overdose deaths fell nationwide in 2018, the number of overdose deaths in Tennessee increased. Much of that increase is related to synthetic opioids like fentanyl.
The Centers for Disease Control estimated that 629 people died from synthetic opioid overdoses in 2017. The agency estimated that 878 people died from those drugs in 2018. Deaths from heroin overdoses are also increasing, but more slowly.
“We believe it is critical for Dickson and the surrounding area to have access to local, affordable, high-quality care,” Spero CEO Steve Priest said, according to a press release. “Individuals need a local option so they can remain in their communities.”
Spero Health provides care for more than 5,800 people throughout Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio and Tennessee.