A family physician believes those in his position should be trained to fight the battle of drug addiction.
Dr. David Glick of the Queen of Peace Center, in the Central West End, provides care for patients fighting the effects of drug addiction. It's an arena that he was once scared to venture in to.
"Most family physicians are terrified to do it," Glick said. "I will admit I was once terrified initially, but now I know this is very doable."
Given the number of heroin and opiod-related deaths in the area, Glick said it's something that can save thousands of people dealing with addictions.
One patient he currently assists is Amanda Davis, who is recovering from heroin addiction. It's something she has been fighting for years.
"I would go days without eating just because I wanted the heroin," Davis said.
Davis said her addiction got to the point where she would inject herself with the drug, and then cry.
"Because nobody wants to be a junkie."
Following a few relapses, Davis is now apart of the Queen of Peace Center. There, Davis receives medication-assisted treatment.
"Without it, there would be no way I would be clean right now," Davis said.
Glick said he wants the family physician to be trained and qualified to dispense the drugs used in medication-assisted treatments, like Davis receives. Glick understands the reluctance from physicians, but said when the treatment works, it can be incredibly gratifying.
Granted, Glick said, they must also be prepared when the treatment does not work.
"Some of your patients will relapse, and some of them might die, which is an intensely painful experience for physicians," Glick said.
Glick said it can be especially painful when physicians have seen their families, or young people with children.
"You try to help them. It's very painful, and many physicians don't want to go through that."
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