Today’s Podcast subject is a little different then what we usually talk about. But I think the conversation is critical, fascinating, and does play into the overall health of many of the clients and their families you serve.
You would have to live under a rock to not know by now that the opioid crisis is destroying lives and tearing families apart. The overdose statistics are staggering and there doesn’t seem to be any end in sight.
Even with the sensationalism that the media is prone to, according to today’s guest, former emergency room doctor Paul Flatley, D.O., the situation is even worse than advertised.
Dr. Paul shares some very insightful perspective on the situation from an ER doctor’s point of view. He shared some of the incredibly difficult decisions that he and his peers have to make each day regarding prescribing opioids. I’m not sure I have seen much if any, coverage on the challenges good doctors are facing when it comes to balancing the true needs of some patients with the people that are addicted and drug seeking. Spoiler alert, there are no easy answers.
“We will return to our normally scheduled programming next week.”
Dr. Paul will return for part 2, but we will spend the time talking about what many consider to be the most disruptive tool for medical treatment delivery ever: Telemedicine. You will not want to miss it!