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08/17/18 4:30pm
COURTESY PHOTO Percocet and Oxycodone were commonly prescribed pain medications.

COURTESY PHOTO Percocet and Oxycodone were commonly prescribed pain medications.

BY SABINA REBIS, M.D. AND JOSEPH P. SHAW 

Most know the game of “Telephone:” Children sit in a circle, one whispers a phrase into another’s ear, then that person whispers it to the next, and so on. The phrase travels around the circle, a hand cupped over one ear at a time.

Then the phrase returns to the first child, who usually disintegrates into giggles at the nonsense of a recycled sentence mangled by misinterpretation.

But what happens when that game of “Telephone” becomes metaphorical — in the context of marketing and medicine? (more…)

05/19/18 3:00pm
MICHAEL HELLER PHOTO Refusing to curse the darkness, residents from East End communities gathered May 12 in Hampton Bays for a candlelight vigil remembering loved ones who have died from opioid overdoses.

MICHAEL HELLER PHOTO
Refusing to curse the darkness, residents from East End communities gathered May 12 in Hampton Bays for a candlelight vigil remembering loved ones who have died from opioid overdoses.

On May 12 in Hampton Bays, as a cold rain fell on a large crowd of the broken-hearted, speaker after speaker told deeply personal stories about how the opioid epidemic that is sweeping America has changed their lives forever. (more…)