Opioids

With synthetic opioids lurking, DNA detector scores

By GREGORY ZELLER // With synthetic opioids increasingly implicated in the alarming number of drug-overdose deaths plaguing the nation, a stalwart Long Island biotech’s DNA-based tracking technology has received a major endorsement. The peer-reviewed scientific journal PLOS ONE has published a paper by Stony Brook-based Applied DNA Sciences on the molecular tagging of pharmaceuticals – a next-gen supply-chain authenticator that Applied DNA considers unforgeable, inescapable and particularly useful in a world where counterfeit drugs are…


In innovative ‘opera,’ a new weapon in the opioid war

By GINA CZARK // How bad is our opioid epidemic? Consider these stats: In 1993, America’s peak year of gun violence, we lost approximately 40,000 people to firearms. The AIDS crisis claimed about 45,000 lives in 1995, the grimmest year on record, while 1972 was the worst year ever for car crash fatalities, claiming the lives of about 50,000 Americans. Some 70,237 people died in 2017 from drug overdoses in America, making this current crisis…


Podcast personalizes opioid addiction, recovery

Things get real in this month’s edition of the Health Story podcast, which offers insights on the national opioid-addiction crisis. The latest installment of Northwell Health’s monthly series dives deep into one former patient’s journey of addiction and recovery – a cautionary tale about something that already victimizes Americans from every walk of life and “could happen to anyone,” according to the health system. In this case, it happened to New Yorker Jonathan Allen, who…


Opioid epidemic spurs new LI substance-abuse center

In a move aimed at combating what it called “the opioid epidemic sweeping the country,” the Northwell Health system has opened the doors of a new Long Island substance-abuse treatment center. The Garden City Treatment Center, located on Stewart Avenue in the Nassau County village, is managed by Zucker Hillside Hospital, which resides in Glen Oaks, just west of the Queens-Nassau border. But the focus of the 8,000-square-foot center, which officially opened this summer, is…


Northwell, Mayo Clinic tackle painkiller epidemic

By GREGORY ZELLER // Northwell Health will join the Mayo Clinic and one of the nation’s largest medical schools on a three-year study targeting painkiller addictions. Citing “a growing epidemic of opioid abuse,” the New Hyde Park-based health system announced this week a $350,000 stipend over three years from the nonprofit Washington-based Patient Centered Outcome Research Institute to fund a collaborative study designed to track painkiller dependency among ER patients, and ultimately lower the risk….