When people find themselves in an emergency room due to an opioid overdose here in New Jersey, they are usually just treated for their immediate symptoms and then discharged from the hospital. Although that is technically the only thing that hospitals have to do, the rates at which opioid overdose victims will have another overdose that leads to death are abysmal – about half of patients admitted from shooting heroin end up dying due to their addiction to these substances.

Hoping to have at least have any change to that figure, a hospital in New Jersey has begun having ex-addicts come in and talk about how important it is to detox with recent admittees. Here’s hoping the program helps get people on the right track to a life of sobriety.

 

“The first time I did heroin was in Brooklyn House of Detention,” recalled Eric McIntire, sitting in a windowless conference room at Barnabas Health Medical Group in West Orange. His two iPhones, which ring loudly and often, were on the table in front of him.

A native of Tottenville, Staten Island, McIntire recalled candidly how in his teens and twenties he turned his mother’s quiet, dead-end block — “the white-picket-fence-type thing”— into a “high drug-traffic area with a lot of ridiculous activities going on.” A bullet once shattered his mother’s bedroom window, he said. Heroin helped McIntire come down from crack, and dealing drugs helped pay for both.

“I thought I was the Scarface of the world,” he said with a laugh. “Meanwhile I couldn’t make enough money to re-up.” Click Here to Continue Reading

Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MD

Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MDDr. Jeffrey Berman is a psychiatrist in Teaneck, New Jersey and is affiliated with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. He received his medical degree from State University of New York Upstate Medical University and has been in practice for more than 20 years. He also speaks multiple languages, including French and Hebrew.

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