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According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), It is estimated that as many as 2.5 million people in the US are suffering from opioid addiction related to prescriptions, and an additional 467,000 are addicted to heroin.

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Imagine the scenario where Thomas R., who is being treated at our Keeseville Outpatient Clinic, is now referred to Inpatient care.While the process might seem straightforward, Inpatient clinicians will need Thomas’s notes, medications, and the many other elements of his treatment history.In years past, collecting this information proved time consuming and presented opportunity for error from missing data, hand-written notes that might have been poorly legible, and other factors.

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As a society, and particularly one facing the historic challenges of the heroin and opioid epidemic, our greatest resource is people. And while so many in the St. Joseph’s family believe in, and act in service to others, I take this opportunity to recognize and to thank a champion in our community, Deacon Steven DeMartino, for his commitment to “healing individuals, restoring families, and strengthening communities” through his service and devotion to St. Joseph’s as our Board Chair from 2009 until March of this year.