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Posts Tagged ‘opiates’

By On August 2nd, 2017

Death in Seconds: Everything you need to know about fentanyl

Opioid addiction and overdoses from heroin have been a problem in America for decades, but recently there has been a shift that has made the drug crisis from both prescription pills and street drugs deadlier than ever. The recent spread of illicit fentanyl use has turned a health crisis into one of the deadliest epidemics…

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By On June 25th, 2016

Doctors Realize Heroin Addicts Are Already Their Patients

The small town of Bridgton, Maine, like so many towns and cities of various size, has been hit hard by the opiate epidemic. Instead of waiting for someone else to provide much needed substance abuse treatment, doctors in this town decided to begin treating it themselves. A mental health professional was among the first to…

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By On May 13th, 2016

Brookhaven Hospital will be on KJRH Channel 2: Addressing the Opioid Epidemic

Brookhaven Hospital has been asked by Channel 2, KJRH news, to participate in a story about the opioid epidemic. Brookhaven team members will be in the KJRH studio and available by phone during the 5 pm and 6 pm newscasts on Tuesday, May 17th, to answer questions from viewers about addiction to prescription drugs. Addiction…

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By On May 7th, 2016

Prince’s Death: A greater problem exposed

We have written about the role of substance abuse, addiction and mental health problems as the cause of death in many people in the public eye. Our list includes:  Amy Winehouse, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Whitney Houston, Heath Ledger, and many others. Yet, with Prince’s death we found ourselves waiting, or maybe, not wanting to write…

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By On March 29th, 2016

New Program Includes Mom in the Care of Opiate Addicted Newborns

Lately, I’ve read and listened to stories about many aspects of the opiate epidemic. Our hospital was even contacted by a local reporter for comment about the CDC’s recently released recommendations for doctors on prescribing opiates. The effects of this epidemic are far reaching. Over the weekend, I heard a story on NPR about the…

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By On June 29th, 2015

Meditation as a Treatment for Chronic Pain

Considering the high death rate by overdose of prescription pain medication, our friend, Dr. Ruwan Jayatunge has written a timely and helpful article about treating chronic pain with meditation practice. When I was part of our Admissions Team at Brookhaven Hospital, I met many people from all walks of life who had become addicted to…

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