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Brainstorming a sheath for pills’ double-edged sword Pols convene roundtable at St. John’s Universit

Finding safe ways to treat acute pain and the importance of education about the dangers of painkillers were the main topics of discussion during a morning roundtable on the opioid epidemic hosted by U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and state Sen. Diane Savino at St. John's University. Panelists included representatives from several community organizations, including Staten Island YMCA's Jacqueline Filis. Read more…

The Options and Obstacles to Treating Heroin Addiction

Five years ago, 6 percent of the people who entered the Staten Island YMCA’s substance abuse treatment program were addicted to heroin. Today, it’s 30 percent. Experts argue that opiate addiction should be treated the same as a chronic disease — like diabetes or depression. Abstinence and counseling is not enough, they say. Medication must also be an option. Read more…

Scourge brought out of the shadows; St. Clare’s and the YMCA partner to dry parents’ tears

With the frightening record number of deaths and near-fatal overdoses officially reported for 2014, there is wide concern that the numbers for last year will be far worse. In response to the increased number of deaths due to drug use on Staten Island, the YMCA Counseling Service and St. Clare's Parish are partnering to offer a bereavement group for parents who have lost a child to substance abuse. Read more…