With the tragic fatal heroin overdose of Oscar winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, the scourge of heroin addiction has claimed the life of another victim struggling with opioid addiction. Continue reading
Long Island winters bring with them many mixed feelings. Almost everyone enjoys the beautiful sights of snowflakes falling and the flawless, fluffy blankets of snow. Yet, at the same time, popular vote proves that most people can only tolerate it for a short period of time.
Buprenorphine with naloxone, better known by its brand name Suboxone, is a medication used for opiate dependence. The purpose of the medication is to assist individuals addicted to opiates (prescription pain medication or heroin) who want to stop abusing these substances.
Opiate use on Long Island has increased in recent years. As a result, fatal overdoses from misuse of opiates have also increased. According to the Suffolk County Supreme Court Grand Jury Report from April 17, 2012, in the year 2011 there were 231 fatal overdoses from controlled substances in Suffolk County, and 174 of them were from opioid analgesics.
Jennifer Serrentino MD recently updates her blog talking about preventing Opiate Overdoses. Prescription pain killers and heroin continue to be abused by teenagers and young adults in communities all over Long Island.