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Help is Always Right

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The Hartford Courant this week noticed what most everyone else around here has– panhandlers are on nearly every corner of big intersections these days. Many carry the standard signs drawn on ripped cardboard “Homeless and Hungry.” Some wear masks, others don’t. Some make eye contact, others look down at their feet. They almost universally say […]

Mass Incarceration

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When I started as a paramedic over twenty-five years ago, I had a number of set views.  Here are two. People who use heroin have character flaws and are criminals. They deserved their fate.  People who go to jail or have been in jail went because they had character flaws and were criminals. They deserved […]

Unrecognizable

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I was bruised and battered…I was unrecognizable to myself.” –The Streets of Philadelphia Bruce Springsteen On November 3, 2020, let’s make America a country we can recognize again. Vote!    

Connecticut Fatal Overdoses Up 17% in 2020

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Data just released from the state Department of Public Health shows overdose deaths through July are up 17% over the same time period last year.  2019 which ended with 1200 fatalities represented the previous high for overdose deaths.  Deaths were up in each of the first seven months over 2019 numbers. Drug Overdoses Monthly Report, […]

A Bad Place

I have a bad feeling about the direction COVID is heading in Connecticut.  Each day the number of cases and the infection rate seem to be rising, but the Governor keeps saying a rise is expected, worth watching but not a real concern yet.  He went ahead with the restaurant’s expanded capacity, but as the […]

Race-Based Medicine

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Most of my EMS career, I have worked in areas that are predominately black.  If I wanted to get a head start on my run forms, I could check heart disease, hypertension, high cholesterol and diabetes for medical history and be right a large portion of the time.  I have always thought that black people […]

Opioid Podcast

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I was interviewed recently for a podcast talking about Connecticut’s SWORD opioid overdose reporting program.  Check it out here:  

Colonel Tye, Mum Bett and Each of Us

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In my Anti-Black racism course I an taking at UCONN, I learned about two famous Americans who I had never heard of before.  Colonel Tye and Elizabeth Freeman, also known as Mum Bett.  They both lived during the American Revolutionary War. Colonel Tye was a New Jersey slave known as Titus.  He was owned by […]

Tap Tap Tap

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Years ago, I did all of my writing at a desk in a lonely room. I would write on yellow legal pads and then when I had something, I would type it out on my portable smith corona. When my daughter was little, I showed her my old typewriter and she was fascinated with it. […]

Not All Masks Are Good

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Our hospital has banned bandanas, gaiters and masks with exhalation valves from their universal masking requirements.    This includes all visitors to the hospital, who will be given a surgical mask on entry if their mask does not meet the new requirements.  Additionally staff can only wear homemade masks if they are covering surgical masks. […]

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