an interesting front-page new york times article by abby goodnough, about opioid addiction treatment on demand in the emergency department at highland hospital in oakland, california.
what do you think?
i think highland hospital is doing great work, but it’s sad that our health care system is so fragmented that we have to rely on emergency departments for essential primary care such as treatment of addiction. people are dying and although this is a good effort, i don’t know if it can stop the crisis of addiction. perhaps it can slow it down.
or maybe we can get more doctors interested in primary care and addiction medicine if we don’t make them pay medical school tuition, like new york university just did.
in other news, i traveled about 10 miles yesterday, including a great bike ride across dorchester. i’m up to 38 miles in my quest for 500 to end suicide and fear, and r-e-s-p-e-c-t myself once again, and hope i’ll see you along the way. today i’ll be biking, running, and walking around boston.
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philip lederer m.d.