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Today is #NationalDoctorsDay and we want to thank all of the physicians doing the important work of thoughtful pain management strategies that avoid #opioids where possible and mitigate the perils of substance use disorder. #EmergencyResponse #DoctorsDay #opioidcrisis

Substance use disorders are medical conditions, not Victorian era moral failings. @smerconish good thing you’re not a doctor trying to make these impossible choices... STOP stigmatizing and devaluing pts with addiction, especially during the #COVID19 pandemic! #psychiatrymatters

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“Dear @smerconish, I was that 30 year old “drug addict.” Thank God my doctor decided my life was worth saving. On another note, it&#...

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Dear @smerconish, I was that 30 year old “drug addict.” Thank God my doctor decided my life was worth saving. On another note, it’s media like this that turns back the clock. Prior or existing drug use should never be equated with human value or rights to healthcare.

Thank you for everyone who worked on this including key legislators. #RecoveryVoicesMatter #RecoveryVoicesVote #COVID19 #StayHomeMN #MNLeg @GovTimWalz @LtGovFlanagan @heather_edelson @RepFreiberg

And acceptance is the answer to all my problems today. When I am disturbed, it is because I find some person, place, thing, or situation—some fact of my life —unacceptable to me...

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
Courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time.

For all the media and policymakers who are so concerned about accurate reporting data on the number of COVID cases & the number of deaths...& morgues running out of room...& not enough beds for treatment....Welcome to my world. #OpioidEpidemic #Opioids

On this #DayofEmpathy there are millions of people, locked up behind bars, living in crowded conditions--and helpless against #COVID19. I plead with every state to take immediate action & support reforms that protect people behind bars. Take action now. @VanJones68 @Cut50

@GovTimWalz I've reached out to my house rep @RepFreiberg to ask you to please extend these protections to people living in recovery residence/sober homes. They don't always have a traditional lease or rental agreement. Please consider this request. Thank you! @RyanForRecovery @toxicshellye

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