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Times Union: Capital Region Hospital ERs Join Pilot to Reduce Opioid Use

The Times Union published a story on a new regional effort to reduce opioid use in hospital emergency departments. The Iroquois Healthcare Association is spearheading the $500,000 Opioid Alternative Project, which involves 17 upstate New York hospitals, including St. Peter’s, Samaritan, and Albany Memorial hospitals. The pilot program is part of wider efforts to curb the state’s opioid epidemic. From the article: In New York, clinicians from participating hospitals met last month to establish their own protocols for alternative treatments, said Jessica Morelli, vice president of the Iroquois Healthcare Alliance. Details are still being finalized, she said, but they broadly agreed to use alternatives to opioids such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen, ketamine, lidocaine and even caffeine for diagnoses ranging from urinary stones, back pain, sprains, minor fractures and dislocations, tooth pain, headaches and abdominal pain. To read more about the program, click HERE.


National Drug Take Back Day

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is Saturday, April 28. The day, organized by the Drug Enforcement Administration, offers people a chance to dispose of their unused prescription medications and reduce the chance that these drugs might fall into the wrong hands. It’s one simple way to help reduce opioid harm. […]

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Times Union: Opioids – The Epidemic that Won’t Slow Down

The Times Union published a new story as part of its continuing coverage on the growing opioid epidemic in the Capital Region. Dr. Melissa Weimer, Chief of Behavioral Health and Addiction Medicine at St. Peter’s Hospital, was interviewed as part of the story: The newest medical approach may be at St. Peter’s Health Partners, where drug users addicted to heroin, fentanyl and other opioids can now walk into outpatient locations in Albany, Troy and Cohoes or emergency departments at Samaritan, Albany Memorial and St. Peter’s hospitals and promptly be evaluated to get buprenorphine to help them through withdrawal, or more intense detox services if needed. The program has served more than 300 people since it opened last September. “When the person feels, I am able to change in this moment, we are ready to treat them in this moment,” said Dr. Melissa Weimer, medical director of the SPHP Addiction Recovery Center. “We’re trying to make it so there’s no closed door.” To view the article, which also includes a video of Dr. Weimer discussing the […]