Treatment Options Pitched for Drug OD Survivors

CITY OF NEWBURGH – Kathleen Sheehan has had a front-row seat to addiction’s frustrating cycle.

As St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital’s director of emergency and trauma services, she has watched overdose patients brought to the hospital, rescued from death with the overdose-reversal medication Narcan and then released.

Some of those patients returned after overdosing again.

“This cycle was repeated over and over and over again, until either the patient died or the patient went (into treatment) on their own or they just continued this cycle of self-destruction,” Sheehan said.

Until last April, staff at SLCH handed overdose survivors a sheet of paper listing treatment resources.

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