Only a bit before May 6, 2020, Allison laid blue and nearly lifeless on the steps of the Somerset El stop. Someone else had administered Narcan #1. After four minutes, I provide the second and mouth to mouth resuscitation in the absence of any of her own breathing. She stepped away from the cliff of death that navigates its way around the edges of Medicaid Mountain, walked to the ambulance, was transported to Episcopal Hospital and was told by the registered nurse to
"Get out of my emergency room!"
Today, one year later, Allison continues her life of drug use - increased recently as she told me three days ago - continues with 'dates' and the horrors of street life. She wishes she was dead just like her childhood friend Diane…
How different would Allison's life be right now if that registered nurse had fulfilled her Hippocratic Oath when Allison came through those emergency room doors?
An absolutely overlooked aspect
of "Harm Reduction" is that part that demands the termination of any
medical professional who does not live up to their Hippocratic Oath to 'do no harm.'