Philadelphia, a City Stalked by Overdoses, Fights Back [nytimes.com]

 

Christina Garcés, a medical student at Temple University in Philadelphia, spends some of her time in the places where heroin users congregate. She’s one of a group of nurses, doctors and medical students who offer the users basic medical care, socks and the overdose-reversal drug naloxone; drive them to the hospital; and connect them to drug treatment and other resources.

On Feb. 11 she was about to go home from one such encampment, near the Emerald Street Bridge, when a man in his 50s approached her, carrying a photo. “Have you seen my daughter?” he said. He explained that he was looking for her because her son needed surgery and she had to sign a form.

Garcés had not seen her. “Did you try the other bridge?”

[For more on this story by Tina Rosenberg, go to https://www.nytimes.com/2018/0...rdose-treatment.html]

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