Author Archives: medicscribe

Men With Guns

I was a new paramedic.  The senior medic briefed me.  They took two guys out of a basement apartment with high carbon monoxide readings after a dryer caught on fire.  Ones already on the way to the hospital for evaluation. Your patient is the guy over by the building door arguing with the police officer.  […]

Bare Your Arms, My Country

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It’s back. Two weeks ago, our hospital had 0 COVID patients admitted down from highs of 55 in April and 44 in December.  Just like that we are back up to 12 in just a couple days.  Elsewhere in Connecticut, the head coach of the woman’s top ranked basketball team missed the opening round of […]

Podcast-Saving Lives and Learning a Lesson About Addiction

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Just out, an interview I did with the Addiction Podcast about my new book, Killing Season; A Paramedic’s Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Opioid Epidemic. Peter Canning – Saving Lives as a Paramedic and Learning A Lesson About Drug Addiction

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Opioid Epidemic/COVID Interview

An interview with me talking about the opioid epidemic in the shadows of the COVID pandemic appeared this morning on This Week in Connecticut with Dennis House. Local paramedic’s first-hand look at the deadly toll of drug use amid the pandemic Killing Season will be out on April 6, 2021. Preorder Killing Season

Two Reasons

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By all accounts, the opioid overdose epidemic is getting worse.  A recent study published in JAMA which analyzed emergency department visits (ED) found overdoses were up 29% from March to October of 2020 versus the same period for the previous year.   Opioid overdoses 29% higher in 2020 than before the pandemic: Study Fatal Unintentional Drug […]

Killing Season: Coming April 6

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  I have had some great publicity for my forthcoming book lately. Here is a interview with the Hartford Courant: Paramedic chronicles the daily tragedy of drug overdoses in Connecticut before and during pandemic The story was picked up by other papers across the country. I also received a great review in EMS World from […]

Wild Rescues

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I just finished Wild Rescues: A Paramedic’s Extreme Adventures in Yosemite, Yellowstone, and Grand Teton by paramedic Kevin Grange. Kevin Grange is an excellent writer and Wild Rescues is great book that delivers on its promise.    From the moment he drives up to Yosemite in a snowstorm to start his job as a ranger paramedic […]

Custody

There is a bill in the Connecticut legislature to allow the police to take into custody anyone who overdoses and is resuscitated with narcan, who then refuses to go to the hospital.  The proponents of the bill speak of a 72 hour hold in a clinical setting to keep the person from going back out […]

COVID Trends

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I have been following the COVID trend since the epidemic began.  To me, the best indicator of COVID in our area has been the hospitalizations.  Cases numbers can change based on the number of tests and who is being tested, the same with positivity percent.  Deaths, can be a good indicator, but they lag the […]

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