“Mike Semkus Memorial Workout Station”

The Mike Semkus Memorial Workout Station was erected behind Sag Harbor’s Pierson High School as one of the Dawgpatch Bandits founding projects. The outdoor workout area consists of a set of parallel bars, three pull up bars at varying heights and a large rock embedded with a memorial plaque. The Continue Reading

Who can I contact for HELP?

Things that may help: Therapists, psychiatrists, treatment centers, support groups. Finding treatment doesn’t have to be hard; two local examples- Phoenix house, luxury style at The Dunes . Resources: For school districts Heroin and opioid overdose prevention training centers and prevention programs. Southampton Task Force Talk2Prevent Harm Reduction Coalition HOPELINE: Continue Reading

How can nonpharmacologic interventions help my pain?

Pharmaceuticals, although convenient, timely, and affective- are not always the best option. The practitioner must use clinical reasoning and critical thinking skills in the administration of pain medications in a critically ill patient to prevent serious side effects and adverse reactions. Likewise, they have both the ethical and legal responsibility Continue Reading

What if Pharmacologic Pain Management is prescribed to me?

Given that most patients with acute or subacute low back pain improve over time regardless of treatment, individuals should select nonpharmacologic treatment with superficial heat, massage, acupuncture, or spinal manipulation, amongst proper diet and exercise.7 Pharmaceuticals are correlated with many adverse effects. Therefore, the dose of supplemental analgesic should provide Continue Reading

Emotional and Socioeconomic Impact of Pain:

Pain can be related to many different factors including; the nociceptive features of oxidative stress, trauma, surgeries, poor movement habits, improper body alignments, and diseases such as fibromyalgia and endometriosis. In regard to chronic pain, generally, patients have tried several treatments feeling desolated and without hope of being pain-free. The Continue Reading


First annual #meat4mike took place on May 24, 2019. In commemoration of Mike Semkus, a former Sagg Main Lifeguard Lieutenant, who passed away due to respiratory failure caused by overdosing on prescription pain medication, #meat4mike is an event calling anyone and everyone to get active each year on May 24th Continue Reading