Reading Hospital has been designated by the PA Department of Human Services as an Opioid Use Disorder Center of Excellence.

Centers of Excellence offer team-based treatment focused on the “whole person” – with the explicit goal of integrating behavioral health with primary care. Patients of these centers:

  • Have an opioid-related substance abuse use disorder
  • May have co-occurring behavioral and physical health conditions
  • Need help to navigate the care system
  • Need guidance to stay engaged in treatment to avoid relapsing

What services does the Reading Hospital Center of Excellence provide?

Center of Excellence Care Coordinators connect individuals to medical and treatment services, including substance abuse, mental health, primary care, and medication-assisted treatment for addiction, pain management, dental, eye care, etc.

The coordinators work closely with Recovery Support Specialists to develop a plan to resolve unmet social needs, such as housing, childcare, educational/vocational skills, employment, transportation, clothing and food, health insurance, and recovery-friendly recreation and activities. Our Care Management Team will also:

  • Assist in establishing a health recovery support network in the community
  • Provide education, information, and support regarding addiction and recovery to individuals struggling with an opioid addiction, family members, agencies, and community groups
  • Meet individuals in the community to assist in transitioning to the next level of care
  • Assist in re-establishing and improving family and significant relationships

How do I make a referral?

Referrals can be made by calling the Reading Hospital Center of Excellence at 484-628-4060 or 484-628-5790 (Spanish: 484-628-4984), by emailing COE@towerhealth.org, or by completing an online referral form.

Upon receiving a referral, a member of our Care Management Team will make contact within 24 hours with the person you identify to discuss recovery, how we can help, and next steps.

What is an opioid?

Opioids are medications that doctors prescribe to treat pain, and drugs like heroin which are illegally obtained on the street.

What are the names of more common opioids?

The list below outlines the generic names and brand names of common opioids (Generic = Brand).

  • Heroin = N/A
  • Hydrocodone = Vicodin, Lorcet, Lortab, Norco, Zohydro
  • Oxycodone = Percocet, OxyContin, Roxicodone, Percodan
  • Morphine = MS Contin, Kadian, Embeda, Avinza
  • Codeine = Tylenol with Codeine, TyCo, Tylenol #3
  • Fentanyl = Duragesic
  • Hydromorphone = Dilaudid
  • Oxymorphone = Opana
  • Meperidine = Demerol
  • Methadone = Dolophine, Methadose
  • Buprenorphine = Suboxone, Subutex, Zubsolv, Bunavail, Butrans

What should I do if my doctor prescribes an opioid?

Take the following steps if you are prescribed an opioid:

  • Talk with your doctor about the safest way to use your medication
  • Make sure you understand the signs of an overdose or bad reaction to the medication
  • Have a plan for what to do in care of an overdose or bad reaction