The Safe Prescriber Pledge Kickoff took place on April 10th at the College of Staten Island’s Williamson Theatre. Over 300 professionals representing multiple specialties attended the kickoff, ready to join the effort to reduce opioid related overdoses and deaths on Staten Island. This kickoff event launched an island-wide campaign to educate prescribers and patients about alternatives to opioids and how to use them safely when prescribing is necessary.

We were joined by:

  • Robert Kent, Chief Counsel, Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services
  • Frank Winter, Partnership Manager, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services – Region II, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Michael E. McMahon, Richmond County District Attorney
  • Harshal Kirane, MD, Director of Addiction Services, Staten Island University Hospital
  • Ginny Mantello, MD, Health & Wellness Director, Office of the Borough President
  • Anthony Ferreri, DBA, Regional Director, Region 2 – New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico and The US Virgin Islands, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The Safe Prescribing Panel:

  • Theodore Strange, MD
  • Efrat LaMandre, FNP
  • Frank Scafuri, MD
  • Cindy Resnick, DPM

The next phase of the campaign will outreach and empower community members to have conversations with their practitioners about the risks of opioid addiction and opioid alternatives. Practitioners who signed the pledge are listed as Safe Prescribers, and the list can be found here. If you are interested in taking the pledge, click here for information about the 10 elements, the toolkit, and how to take the pledge.