Temporary morgues, an example of county health dept solutions for the opioid crisis. This had been happening for 3 years. Interview medical examiners across US about this horrible situation made worse. @RyanForRecovery
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
Doctors worry deaths will escalate unless people struggling with excessive drug and alcohol use and those in recovery — as well as addiction treatment programs — quickly change the way they do business.
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
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.
“As Congress takes action to keep our economy strong and our people healthy, we can't forget those who far too often have been left behind - people who are living with mental illness and those struggling with addiction.”
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