By Zoe Mathews

“We need all hands on deck. We have to have city officials on board, [and] we have to have state officials and the feds as well,” he said. “I work in the emergency room. It’s very acute. I take care of an overdose once or twice a shift, every shift I work. What we could do a better job at, as elected officials and as physicians, is explain just how sick these folks are. We treat these people, we Narcan, we save their lives — or do the best we can, we’re not always successful — then you offer them services and they say no, many times.”