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Letter: Drug therapies right for addiction

New York State is considering a bill that

New York State is considering a bill that would limit patients seen in emergency rooms to getting no more than seven days of prescriptions, when there is a lack of proof that seven is less risky than nine or better than five. Credit: iStock

The editorial “More than one road to recovery” [June 26] addressed a critical issue regarding life-threatening addictions to opiates.

As noted by addiction expert Jeffrey Reynolds, patients not treated by Suboxone or methadone are twice as likely to die of an overdose. That is staggering and is an indication of the stigma of medication-assisted treatment in the treatment community.

Many inpatient rehabilitation programs are reluctant to admit patients on medication-assisted treatment. Even more concerning are those patients who go to an inpatient program and are encouraged to come off addiction medication, leaving them vulnerable to overdose when they’re discharged.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has just signed legislation guaranteeing access to inpatient treatment, which is a step forward. This treatment must be evidence-based, which means medication must be an option for all patients.

Patricia Hincken, Glen Oaks

Editor’s note: The writer is the director of addiction recovery services at Zucker Hillside Hospital in Glen Oaks.


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