Brookhaven Hospital’s Panel on Channel 2’s Coverage of the Opioid Epidemic
Last night, we had the opportunity to contribute to Channel 2’s story on the opioid epidemic, “The Eye of the Needle.” A team of clinicians from Brookhaven Hospital was in the news studio to answer phone calls from viewers.
We had a wide array of calls. A portion of the calls were from individuals expressing strong opinions that they don’t have a problem with opioids, but due to severe and chronic pain must have the medication to manage their pain. A few calls were from people who wanted to get off the painkillers that have, as one caller expressed to me, “taken control of my life.”
By far, the most calls we received, though, were from people who were concerned about their loved ones: they called about their friend, their brother, their niece. How can we get them the help we know they need? This is certainly the question in the midst of the disease of addiction. How can we help the person we love? As I told a concerned uncle calling about his niece, if your instinct is that something is not right with her, you are most likely correct. It starts with a conversation to express the concerns that you have about your loved one. Although this can be difficult, it’s not the worst of it. The hardest part is then stepping back and realizing it is up to the individual to make the decision to get help.
Educate yourself about the opioid epidemic here. If you or your loved one are in need of help, call our Admissions Team at Brookhaven Hospital, 888.298.HOPE (4673). We will provide you with information and resources to get you the type of treatment you need.