Dr. Ross Sullivan Presents Opioid Addiction Program, Buprenorphine Bridging in the ER

Many thanks to Dr. Ross Sullivan for speaking about the use of buprenorphine for short-term treatment of overdose patients at his clinic in the ER until they can get into a long-term program. Dr. Sullivan talked about his approach, which draws on both the Yale  and Anchor addiction treatment models, and the difficulties people encounter when or if they do decide to seek help (no insurance, no transportation, long waiting lists at existing treatment facilities, etc.). 

He also spoke of the need for more physicians who can prescribe buprenorphine. If you are physician interested in getting a waiver, there is an upcoming NYSDOH training in Syracuse (see information below following today's News You Can Use). 

Please join us for the next session in the addiction series, "Treating Chronic Pain without Opioid Medications," presented by OCMS President Dr. Brian Johnson on May 7 at 5794 Widewaters Parkway, Syracuse. 

Schumer urges federal government to release budget's opioid funding    

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) is calling on the federal government to release the funding that was included in Congress' recently passed budget to battle the opioid epidemic. 
Lawmakers approved 6 billion over the next two years to help pay for prevention, treatment and law enforcement efforts to fight the drug epidemic.  During a stop at a substance abuse and treatment clinic in Fulton Tuesday, Schumer said the funding has not yet made it to the local level.  Full Story

Federal Efforts To Control Rare And Deadly Bacteria Working 
Federal health officials say a network they set up last year to identify deadly "nightmare bacteria" is helping control these germs, but the system would be more effective if more hospitals and doctors participated.  A new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention focuses on particularly odious germs that live primarily in the gut and cannot be killed with "antibiotics of last resort," called carbapenems.  Full Story

Onondaga County lawmakers approve ampitheater naming deal, reject Adrian's Law    

As concert goers prepare to head to Onondaga County's amphitheater for a third season, they'll find it with a new name. County lawmakers Tuesday agreed to a $1.5 million naming deal, that creates the Saint Joseph's Health Amphitheater at Lakeview.  Full Story

FDA orders kratom supplement recall due to salmonella

WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday ordered a mandatory recall of a Las Vegas company's powdered kratom products, because salmonella was found in the herbal supplement.  Full Story

The NYSDOH AIDS Institute is sponsoring a free buprenorphine waiver training for clinical providers. In  response to opioid overdose deaths in New York State, increased access to buprenorphine treatment for opioid  use disorder is urgently needed. Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants and Medical Residents are  welcome and highly encouraged to attend.

Click  here for full details and registration. 

Medical Society of the State of New York Announces April CME Webinar Schedule
The Medical Society of the State of New York is pleased to announce its free Continuing Medical Education (CME) webinars for April.  Participation in the webinars will earn physicians one CME credit free of charge. The webinar schedule for April is as follows:

April 12th at 12:30pm - Current Concepts in Concussion for Pediatric and Adult Patients
Register for this webinar here.
Faculty: Deborah Light, MD & John Pugh, MD, PhD
Educational Objectives:
  • Identify signs and symptoms indicative of concussion as well as red flags that indicate alternate or more severe pathology;
  • Outline an appropriate management plan for a patient presenting with concussion including a return to "normal life" protocol;
  • Describe methods for the primary and secondary prevention of concussion;
  • Identify patients who would benefit from referral to a concussion specialist 
April 18th at 7:30am - Medical Matters: Plague & Q Fever
Register for this webinar here.
Faculty: Kira Geraci-Ciardullo, MD, MPH
Educational Objectives:
  • Describe the epidemiology of Plague and Q Fever
  • Describe the transmission of Plague and Q Fever
  • Describe the diagnosis and treatment of Plague and Q Fever
  • Explain the use of Yersinia pestis and Coxiella burnetii as a biologic weapons(s)
  • Identify infection control procedures
  • Identify resources for reporting.
To view all of MSSNY's scheduled programs, click here and select "Upcoming".
The Medical Society of the State of New York is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Medical Society of the State of New York designates each of these live activities for a maximum of 1.0 AMA/PRA Category 1 credits™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Additional information or assistance with registration may be obtained by contacting Melissa Hoffman at mhoffman@mssny.org.