Staten Island Methadone Treatment

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This city has several area methadone clinics providing methadone replacement therapy and structured counseling. Available via local physicians is suboxone (with buprenorphine) which provides relief from opiate withdrawal symptoms for a significant number of people. Below are links to more info on methadone program effectiveness, opioid dependency, addiction & recovery counseling, and job openings in methadone clinics.

Staten Island Methadone Clinics
Staten Island University Hospital
Methadone Treatment Clinic
111 Water Street
Staten Island, NY 10304
(718) 448-3976
VA New York Harbor Healthcare 800 Poly Place
Brooklyn, NY 11209
(718) 836-6600
New York Harbor Healthcare System
Brooklyn Campus SATP
800 Poly Place
Brooklyn, NY 11209
(718) 836-6600
South Brooklyn Medical Admin Services
MMTP Clinic
685 3rd Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11232
(718) 788-2594×112


Staten Island Buprenorphine Providers
Ana Veronica Mendez, M.D. 358 St. Marks Place
Staten Island, NY 10301
(718) 273-8409
Amarjit Kaur, M.D. 669 Castelton Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10301
(718) 442-2225
Lucas Stewart Ralston, D.O. Silberstein Clinic
427 Forest Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10301
(718) 876-2362
Kyi K Ohn, M.D. 14 Blossom Terrace
Staten Island, NY 10301
(718) 447-8044
Kyi K Ohn, M.D. 1430 Clove Road
Staten Island, NY 10301
(718) 447-8044
Joel Akande Idowu, M.D. 1430 Clove Road
Staten Island, NY 10301
(718) 273-6641
Michael J. Carpiniello, M.D. 81 Seymour Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10302
(718) 815-1444
Nkanga Utuk Nkanga, M.D. 78 Cromwell Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10304
(718) 351-3388
Jill Kishore Tolia, M.D. 1408 Richmond Road
Staten Island, NY 10304
(718) 979-5646
Kevin Weiner, M.D. 2071 Clove Road
Staten Island, NY 10304
(718) 442-4422
S. Ramachandran Nair, M.D. Staten Island Medical Center
11 Ralph Place, Suite 211
Staten Island, NY 10304
(718) 727-0707
Suzy Bibawy, M.D. 75 Vanderbilt Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10304
(718) 818-5584
Jordan B. Glaser, M.D. 1408 Richmond Road
Staten Island, NY 10304
(718) 816-3362×6
Lucy S. Kolloori, M.D. 1800 Clove Road
Staten Island, NY 10304
(718) 981-5033
Benjamin J. Kolloori, M.D. 1800 Clove Road
Staten Island, NY 10304
(718) 273-2929
Azher U. Siddiqi, M.D. 271 Mason Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10305
(718) 668-2340
Hyacinth L. Williamson, M.D. South Beach ATC Building I
777 Seaview Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10305
(718) 667-8655
Kenneth H. Pickover, M.D. 124 McClean Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10305
(718) 556-3900
Sarup Girdhari Nariani, M.D. South Beach Addiction Treatment Center
777 Seaview Avenue, Bldg 1, First Floor
Staten Island, NY 10305
(718) 667-5236
Kenneth H. Pickover, M.D. North Shore Office
Staten Island, NY 10305
(718) 273-3592
Adedayo Adedeji, M.D. 1408 Richmond Road
Staten Island, NY 10305
(718) 979-5646
Gregory Francis Karcnik, M.D. South Beach Addiction Treatment Center
Bldg #1, 2nd Floor, 777 Seaview Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10305-3499
(718) 667-2735
Christopher Perez, M.D. 361 Edison Street
Staten Island, NY 10306
(718) 980-0101
Henry Sardar, D.O. 2305 Hylan Boulevard
Staten Island, NY 10306
(718) 667-0297
Ahmed Adel Elsoury, M.D. 27 New Dorp Lane
Second Floor
Staten Island, NY 10306
(718) 987-8600
Jeffry Tambor, M.D. 1975 Hylan Boulevard
Staten Island, NY 10306
(718) 979-5880
Miguel A. Tirado, M.D. 1776 Richmond Road
Staten Island, NY 10306
(718) 668-9300
John Dominick McCarthy, M.D. 1776 Richmond Road
Staten Island, NY 10306
(718) 967-8300
Felix Lanting, M.D. 133 Hunter Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10306
(718) 351-0643
Mohamed A. Helal, M.D. 27 New Dorp Lane
2nd Floor
Staten Island, NY 10306
(718) 987-8600
Luigi J. Parisi, M.D. 2248 Richmond Road
Staten Island, NY 10306
(718) 982-8330
Dominic Pompa, M.D. 78 9th Street
Staten Island, NY 10306
(718) 351-7683
Jack B. D'Angelo, M.D. 361 Edison Street
Staten Island, NY 10306
(718) 980-0101
Emma Poroger, M.D. 59 Linden Wood Road
Staten Island, NY 10308
(718) 979-6300
Paul Carmine Gazzara, M.D. 3589 Hylan Blvd
Staten Island, NY 10308
(718) 966-3700
Miguel A. Tirado, M.D. 305 Seguine Avenue
Suite 1
Staten Island, NY 10309
(718) 967-8300
Lucas Stewart Ralston, D.O. Richmond University Medical Center
355 Bard Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10310
(718) 818-1234
Thomas D'Amato, M.D. 355 Bard Avenue
Unit 6E
Staten Island, NY 10310
(201) 600-5119
Billy N. Geris, M.D. 4335 Hylan Boulevard
Staten Island, NY 10310
(718) 227-3810
Vincent J. Calamia, M.D. 4434 Amboy Road
Staten Island, NY 10312
(718) 984-9848
Ilias M. Almakaev, M.D. Staten Island Physician Group
4771 Hylan Boulevard
Staten Island, NY 10312
(718) 948-8200
Kanwardeep Singh Aiden, M.D. 3768 Richmond Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10312
(718) 948-3474
Lance Austein, M.D. 4982 Hylan Boulevard
Staten Island, NY 10312
(718) 966-9226
Barry Gordon, M.D. 5405 Hylan Boulevard
Staten Island, NY 10312
(718) 948-5475

Federal Rules For Methadone Access Are Changing

The synthetic opioid, fentanyl, has led to an increase in overdose deaths in recent years. As many as 112,000 in the last year according to NPR. As a result, some physicians are pushing to make methadone more available to those who need it.

The Biden administration has created new federal rules for methadone treatment designed to widen access for more patients. In particular, the requirement of one year of active opioid addiction is being reduced to just 6 months of opioid addiction in order to become eligible to receive methadone.

There are about 2000 federally-approved opioid treatment programs (OTP) in the United States. Many thousands of patients are receiving life saving services from these clinics. Since COVID, many OTP clinics have made take home medication more accessible to those in early phases of treatment.

With illegal opiates still flooding the country, increasing access to opioid treatment and medication is easily justified. The question remains as to how local law enforcement can ultimately stem the flow of drugs into the community, as well as how youth can be educated to avoid risking first drug use.

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How Bad Is Opioid Withdrawal

There is an informative video by Sarah Wakeman on the physical and psychological perils of severe opioid withdrawal. Sarah is a Medical Director at Mass General Brigham. They are an integrated health care system that conduct medical research, teaching, and patient care.

In the video, Sarah explains how opioid withdrawal can become so severe with diarrhea and vomiting that individuals can die from extensive dehydration. As physicial dependency progresses, the brain becomes increasingly imbalanced and unable to function without the presence of opioids.

When opioid withdrawal commences (usually 8-12 hours after last use), it becomes increasingly unbearable as the body is flushed with stress hormones. The withdrawal discomfort builds in intensity over days, and can last up to a week or more. For many, this withdrawal process feels akin to a severe case of the flu, but then potentially reaches levels of sickness even far beyond that.

In the video, Sarah goes on to discuss the benefits of methadone and buprenorphine in reducing severe withdrawal symptoms and in helping patients to ultimately not die from overdose. She also illuminates on how rational decision-making is so extremely difficult when struggling against the intense pain of opioid withdrawal.

Please check this video out, and share it with anyone you believe can benefit from its message.

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Helping Skeptics Understand Methadone

When it comes to addiction, reactions and opinions are often intense. Addiction is a devastating illness that can rapidly derail a person’s life, and seriously impact the lives of those around them.

Sadly, addiction leads people to behave in ways that make no sense to their family, friends, and co-workers. Therein lies an important part of the problem. Family feel confused, angry, and fearful as their loved one tumbles down the hill of active addiction.

When it comes to something as perplexing as drug addiction, grasping for answers is an understandable reflex for family and friends. What family often don’t comprehend is the power of physical dependency to opioids and the severe sickness that results from opioid withdrawal.

Family and others incorrectly assume that mere “choice” is all that’s needed to overcome the addiction. When the addict fails to remain drug free, harsh judgment by others usually follows.

Halting withdrawal sickness is a paramount step for an opioid addicted person. This cannot be overstated. As long as a person is suffering from severe opioid withdrawal, their ability to think and “choose” logically is greatly impaired.

Statistically, individuals who utilize medication-assisted treatment (like methadone) are far more likely to avoid incarceration, a continued downward spiral, or death by overdose. Medication assistance successfully removes debilitating withdrawal sickness so that the addicted person can experience greater clarity of thought and the ability to make more sound decisions that lead to improved quality of life.

If you are a skeptic about methadone or suboxone, you may think “they’re just trading one drug for another”. This is not true. People, once therapeutically stabilized on methadone or suboxone, do not get high from the medication. Health generally improves, and the person is able to function much better on the job and at home. This brings hope. It offers a new opportunity for further recovery.

When you care about a person’s survival, one more chance to help them can be quite valuable. Don’t let judgment or excessive skepticism get in the way. Medication-assistance in opioid recovery is effective for many people, and it has been the life saving next step that some never got the chance to take.

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Methadone Treatment in Oregon

Like most states, Oregon is in need of quality treatment options for opioid-addicted individuals who are ready for recovery.

This article, in the Hillsboro News-Times, features the recent approval by Washington County commissioners to add a new methadone clinic in Hillsboro, Oregon.

Acadia Healthcare is aiming to establish the new methadone clinic in Hillsboro in order to better serve the local community. Acadia already operate a mobile unit in the general area as well as a comprehensive treatment center (CTC) in nearby Tigard located about 20 miles away.

The commissioners voted 5-0 to approve the proposed site which will be on the local bus route thereby providing improved access. The article mentions that Oregon presently has 17 operational methadone clinics serving the state, where fentanyl, opiates, and other substances are causing a grave overdose crisis.

Having local opioid treatment available is a critically important step in saving lives and providing hope to patients and families. Methadone has been proven to decrease opioid use, reduce relapse risks & overdose deaths, as well as increase employment and overall health. Clinics offering medication-assisted treatment (MAT), like methadone and buprenorphine, are forging a new path to safety for those people once stuck in active addiction.

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Remote Observation of Methadone Dosing

There’s a new spin being proposed on the dispensing of methadone to Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) patients. A federally-funded project is underway between Scene Health and The University of Washington in which patients video themselves taking their daily methadone dose, and then submit that video to the treatment provider.

The project is evaluating this new modified approach that falls somewhere between in-person daily dosing and unsupervised take home dosing.

This new approach is currently being referred to as Video DOT (video direct observation therapy) and has been successfully implemented with other health issues including hepatitis C, asthma, and diabetes.

While this experiment seems appealing at first glance, it does raise legitimate questions about the ability to insure proper safety protocols with the provision of methadone medication to new patients. The project may possibly demonstrate the usefulness of Video DOT methadone dosing. But assuming this new approach one day becomes common practice, it will be important that physicians or clinics have in place a procedure for quickly reclaiming methadone doses that are not ingested on schedule.

Imagine a new patient receives 7 take home doses of methadone, but then only sends in the required video of their medication use on day one. At what point does the prescribing clinic intervene, and how will the unaccounted for doses be retrieved?

Approved Opioid Treatment Programs currently have “callback” procedures in which stable patients are randomly selected to return to their home clinic with their unused take home doses. This allows the clinic medical staff to perform a medication count, and it acts as a safeguard to insure patients are taking their medication as prescribed.

Patients who have earned take home privileges through months of treatment progress are less inclined to divert or misuse methadone than someone who just started treatment. New patients must be inducted gradually on a stabilizing dose of methadone. And time is typically needed to help these patients adjust to methadone while eliminating use of all other illicit substances. This is where the benefit of a structured treatment program is most relevant. OTP’s provide extremely valuable life management skills training in conjunction with medication therapy.

It remains to be seen if “easy access” to methadone is truly an advancement in care, or a step backwards in accountability & safety for patients and the public.

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