The Dental appliance medicine unit says it will shut down, citing ‘challenges’
The appliance medical unit in New York City said on Wednesday it would be shutting down in the coming weeks as the state struggles with an opioid crisis that has killed hundreds of people.
The DMTX unit in Queens, New York, said in a statement that it would shut down on June 15.
The unit, which provides dental services in the New York boroughs of Queens and Brooklyn, was one of the first major dental organizations to come out against the opioid crisis and was among the first to offer the service to addicts in New Jersey.
“While we continue to face challenges as the opioid epidemic has continued to expand and become more complex, we have worked tirelessly to support our members and to provide them with quality, compassionate care,” the statement read.
“While we are deeply saddened by the death of Dr. Robert De La Salle, we know that his service and dedication to his patients will live on through the DMT unit and beyond.”
The unit was founded in 2009 by Dr. Michael J. De La Serre, who is also the head of the New Jersey Medical Society and an adviser to the president of the American Academy of Family Physicians.
He was also a member of the board of the United Way of New Jersey and the American College of Surgeons.
The announcement comes as the governor of New York announced he will not seek re-election this year.
Andrew Cuomo said in September that his focus will be on keeping New York safe from an opioid epidemic that has claimed more than 3,100 lives and forced more than 7,500 people to seek treatment.
The state is facing a sharp rise in the number of opioid overdose deaths in New England as the supply of the drug continues to dwindle, according to the New England Journal of Medicine.