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Staten Island has a drug problem. Opioid overdose deaths in the New York City borough are 170 percent higher than the national average. While fentanyl is responsible for the majority of deaths, it’s not the only substance to blame. Overprescribing opioids has contributed to the crisis, as well as the fact that addiction service providers have been spread too thin.
A number of pharmaceutical companies in the US have been forced to settle claims related to a deadly opioid epidemic. Experts have linked the crisis to prescription practices in the country. In the second of this two-part series, William Denselow looks at efforts to change those practices and how settlement funds could be used to help people struggling with addiction.
Those interested in furthering or finding a career in the healthcare field can take one of Staten Island Performing Provider System’s (SI PPS) new apprenticeship programs that will work to fill the healthcare workforce gap on Staten Island.
Staten Island Performing Provider System (SI PPS) received approval from the New York state Department of Labor (DOL) for three new apprenticeship programs that will work to fill the healthcare workforce gap on Staten Island.
The apprenticeship programs are: Community Health Worker (CHW), Certified Recovery Peer Advocate (CRPA), and Certified Nursing Assistant. It is the first time these apprenticeship programs have been approved by the state of New York.
“In seven short years, this integrated healthcare network has completely redefined how the borough’s healthcare delivery system views population health, and impacted tens of thousands of lives and according to its executive director, the work has only just begun.”
A committee of prescribers was formed to create safe prescribing guidelines. The recommendations included prescribing standards, education on non-opioid alternatives, safe disposal, and screening for substance misuse. Community-wide attention was brought to the topic via media campaigns, patient literature, and the involvement of multiple community stakeholders. After the education of over 500 prescribers, the postintervention period resulted in significant and sustained reductions in all indicators.
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