I’m the editorial page editor of USA TODAY, and I recently lost a son to the opioid epidemic. I’m joined by Dr. Marc Fishman, medical director at Maryland Treatment Centers in Baltimore. AMA!
As editorial page editor of USA TODAY since 2015, I oversee the four main types of Opinion content: debates (“Our view” paired with an “Opposing view”), op-ed columns, reader feedback and political cartoons. The column I wrote about my son’s death from an overdose (“The opioid crisis hits home – mine”) triggered an outpouring of comments from readers who are dealing with this awful affliction. My wife and I have two other children, a daughter in New York and a son in Philadelphia.
I know the emotional and financial toll addiction can take on families, but I’m not qualified to dispense medical advice. So Dr. Fishman is joining me for this AMA. Dr. Fishman is a psychiatrist and a faculty member in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He is the medical director of Maryland Treatment Centers and a national expert on adolescent addiction treatment and program development.
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