“We identify with them [overdose patients] and understand their pain and addiction. We can meet them where they’re at,” noted Eva’s Recovery Specialist Terry Williams.
Paterson, NJ (PRWEB)
May 25, 2017
A new partnership between Eva’s Village and St. Mary’s General Hospital in Passaic through New Jersey’s Opioid Overdose Recovery Program (OORP) will increase access to recovery treatment and support for patients reversed from opioid overdose. Now, Eva’s Village Recovery Specialists will be called to emergency rooms in all three Passaic County hospitals to connect survivors with long-term treatment as they regain consciousness. Eva’s Village has been working with patients reversed from overdose through the OORP at St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center for the past year at their facilities in Paterson and Wayne.
While Naloxone (Narcan) is saving increasing numbers of lives by reversing an overdose, it cannot cure an opioid addiction. “The key to saving lives is connecting patients with the appropriate treatment and ongoing recovery support services,” noted Eva’s Village Director of Integrated Care Services, Mike Santillo. “This program is the vital next step in ensuring these individuals are able to access services to help them maintain long-term recovery,” he explained.
OORP Recovery Specialists, who are at least three years into their own recoveries, share their stories and stay in contact with patients for three months following a reversal. “We identify with them and understand their pain and addiction. We can meet them where…