The Harford County Health Department is now offering a new FDA cleared outpatient detox treatment, Transcutaneous Auricular Neurostimulation (tAN™), to help diminish withdrawal from any opioid. Adults 18 years and older who struggle with opioid dependence are eligible for this treatment along with supportive medication to help those whose goal is to live an opioid-free life.

The tAN™ device is a pain-free, wearable technology designed to deliver drug-free personalized opioid
withdrawal relief through a non-invasive form of electrostimulation. Transcutaneous auricular
neurostimulations are delivered through a multichannel earpiece electrode worn on and around the left
ear and targeting two cranial nerves, the vagus and trigeminal nerves. The device can be utilized until
the patient is symptom-free of withdrawal and all participants enrolled in the detox are required to attend
treatment at Harford County Health Department. Treatment, in addition to the device, includes individual
therapy, an intensive outpatient program (IOP) for three days per week, peer recovery support and
medication management. The treatment is aimed to help those whose goal is to achieve opioid
abstinence. The outpatient detox is covered by most insurances.

“Anytime we can break down a barrier of addiction, the path to recovery is more attainable,” says Dr.
Julie Stancliff, Medical Director of the Harford County Health Department Behavioral Health Bureau.

“We are excited to offer this new device to Harford County residents as we continue to improve opioid
treatment throughout the county,” says Harford County Health Officer Marcy Austin. “By offering unique
and meaningful treatments, the Health Department can help promote a pain and drug-free life for those
who are suffering from an opioid use disorder.”

For more information about this treatment, please call the Harford County Health Department Behavioral
Health Bureau at 410-877-2341 or visit

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