As we shared with you earlier this month, CleanSlate Centers Chief Medical Officer Kelly J. Clark, M.D., appeared on "Matter of Fact: State of Addiction,” with Soledad O'Brien. You can see the video here, and the segment with Dr. Clark begins at the 16:35 mark....

From The Tennessean, a comprehensive look at the state's alarming rise in overdose deaths. Dr. Nasser Hajaig, western division medical director for CleanSlate Centers, says that even though the epidemic is getting national attention, a combination of insufficient access and the stigma of addiction is preventing many from receiving treatment.

"We need to send information out that this is not something they should be ashamed of and it is a disease we can treat," Hajaig said.

With the opioid crisis still has deadly as ever, Indiana's chief data officer has begun a collective effort to track and interpret opioid statistics. “Before, everything was always in the rear-view mirror,” says Terry Cook, assistant director of Indiana’s Division of Mental Health and Addiction. “We needed a large-scale view of what’s going on now.”

Maria Russo-Appel, M.D., Medical Director for CleanSlate's Eastern Division, was featured in this Nashville Medical News story about how the opioid epidemic is evolving, and why we believe in medication-assisted treatment. "We understand that this is a potentially lifelong disease, and we provide medications for that."

The Cincinnati Enquirer sent more than 60 reporters, photographers and videographers into local communities to chronicle an ordinary week in the addiction epidemic. The result is an amazing, heartbreaking, touching -- and very, very important -- glimpse into how heroin and other opioids are devastating families and communities.

At CleanSlate, we consider ourselves Warriors for Hope. Chief Medical Officer Kelly J. Clark, M.D., travels the country speaking about what that means. She recently appeared at the ASAM Corporate Round Table in our nation's capitol. Here is the latest dispatch from Dr. Clark: