Pennsylvania woman goes on mission to help sufferers of opioid epidemic

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(CNN) — The opioid epidemic has ravaged communities across the United States in recent years.

The Northeast is among the regions seeing the highest rates of overdose deaths.That’s where Amanda Cope is taking her crusade against the crisis on the road.

Cope is a recovering alcoholic and the Chief Operating Officer of Positive Recovery Solutions in Western Pennsylvania, an addiction recovery clinic that treats patients with a monthly injection called vivitrol. The drug can help stop cravings for opioids and alcohol especially when combined with behavioral counseling.

When she learned that some of her patients were driving hours for treatments, the mobile clinic was born.

PRS is currently serving roughly 580 patients and has expanded to Ohio.

Cope started the clinic with her cousins and says there are plans to build operations in Kentucky, Indiana, and Florida.

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