Four more people have died of suspected drug overdoses in Rhode Island in the last week, bringing the total this year to 49, according to the state health director last Wednesday. The number of people who have died of accidental overdoses in the first eight weeks of 2014 is about 2 X the normal rate. Overdose deaths have been associated with fentanyl mixed with heroin. In Rhode Island in 2009-2010 most deaths from accidental drug overdose were Men between the ages of 40-49. In 2011 Men between ages of 50-59. In Rhode Island in 2009-2012 deaths from accidental overdose was more common among Women between the ages of 50-59. According to data most have been associated with opioids alone and not alcoholic. Fatal overdoses from prescription painkillers have reached epidemic proportions, according to a new report from the CDC. In 2008, the report showed, drugs like OxyContin and Vicodin claimed almost 5,000 lives. That’s almost three times as many lives as in 1999, the Associated Press reported. Fatal overdoses are especially common among middle-aged men, whites, and American Indians, according to reports
Originally from Long Island, NY, Dr. Brennan had a wonderful upbringing on Long Island and Fire Island in the summers, Grateful for parents sacrifices. I was grateful to have 3 wonderful brothers and a sister all who are inspiring and supportive. I always asked questions and wanted to know more. I was a very curious person and always wanted to learn more. I took a more untraditional path towards Medicine which began at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York where I was a Management Information Systems Major and graduated with a B.S. During my 4 years at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute I traveled and studied abroad in Australia and Indonesia. I was also a member of the Varsity Men’s Lacrosse Team for all 4 years. I felt I really wasn’t doing the work I wanted to do every day. Moreover, I was passionate about health, wellbeing and fitness. I enjoyed working with and helping people and I knew Medicine was where my heart was. So, I went to Medical School and now practice Internal Medicine and Addiction Medicine. I have taken advantage of my education and further exploited that knowledge to learn more about health information technology, software development and web development. I enjoy inspiring others to take on challenges and reap the rewards of success. I now spend a good portion of my time outside of the hospital brainstorming ideas and developing software and designing websites. I am passionate about life and all the opportunities it has to offer. Never take anything for granted and be grateful you have another day to further your knowledge and make a contributing impact on society.
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