Tag Archives: opioid epidemic

Drugstore Pain Pills vs. Opioids

In a recent clinical trial conducted at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, emergency room patients with acute pain were given four different combination analgesics-ibuprofen with acetaminophen, oxycodone and acetaminophen, hydrocodone and acetaminophen and codeine and acetaminophen-to relieve their symptoms. The results? There was no statistically significant difference between the opioid-free analgesic and the other three which included one or more opioid. Over-the-counter pain relievers such as Tylenol and Motrin were just as...

Digital War on Drugs-There’s An App for That

As part of the ongoing battle against the opioid epidemic, law enforcement and first responders have had to develop unique combat tools. And now there's an app to add to their arsenal. A web-based tool, called the Overdose Detection Mapping Application Program, or ODMAP, charts suspected overdoses and alerts public safety officials to spikes in opioid emergencies.  First created by the Washington/Baltimore division of the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, the...

Combating Opioid Epidemic

On Monday, May 15, St. John's in Cold Spring Harbor, hosted an event designed to inform attendees about proven methods for treating and preventing opioid addiction. Over 100 people filled the parish hall for the presentation, "What Works: Practices for Reversing the Epidemic of Opioid Addiction & Overdose" by Dr. Lloyd Sederer (Psychiatrist and Professor at Columbia School of Public Health) and Dr. Leslie Marino, MPH (Addiction Specialist at...

URGENT-PSA from SCPD…Please Read and Share

This is a public service announcement to save lives. The Suffolk County Police Department has detected a significant uptick in opioid overdoses throughout Suffolk County in the past 24 hours. Based on our intelligence, it appears to be primarily related to heroin and fentanyl, which are currently appearing in highly lethal form. If you have any information that may be relevant to this matter, please contact the Suffolk County Police...

21st Century Cures Act Signed Into Law!

On December 7, 2016, the 21st Century Cures Act passed the Senate in a bipartisan vote of 94-to-5. Today, President Obama signed it into law.  Key provisions include substance use disorders research, criminal justice reform and mental health initiatives, including $1 billion dollars in grants for states to fight the opioid epidemic. Speaking at the passage of the bill by the Senate, Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) stated "we lose one American...