Maintaining Clinician Wellness During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has almost instantly raised the stakes on our perception of stress in our lives. Think about the things that until very recently kept you up at night- the prosaic stressors of “normal life” in the professional, financial, community and familial realms- and you will likely...

Unintended Consequences: Are We Inadvertently Increasing Heroin Overdose Deaths?

Two years ago, The Fix spearheaded an effort to highlight the public health epidemic caused by the overprescribing of opioid pain medications which resulted in the tens of thousands of overdose deaths that were making front page news. The epidemic was iatrogenic- “caused by physicians”- in...

Seven Steps to Fix the Opioid Addiction Crisis Now: We Already Have Most of the Tools We Need

Recently, Professional Voices revisited an issue that The Fix has been focused on since its inception: the public health debacle caused by the overprescribing of opioid pain medications, and the related increase in heroin use and overdose, which has contributed to the deaths of tens of thousands of...

Joint Senate Task Force on Opioids, Addiction and Overdose Prevention Testimony

In 1804, Frederich Serturner experimented with opium and created something new—morphine—named after the Greek god of sleep and dreams, Morpheus. More than 200 years later, hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers fall asleep at night under the influence of an opioid. Every morning, a few of...