I once spoke at a Leadership Forum on Opioid
Abuse. I was asked to speak to the role of hospital systems in addressing this
important issue. As I thought on what I would say, I realized there was very
little I could add. The crisis is epidemic and hospitals are ill-prepared to do
anything proactive. It is that overwhelming. Leading medical missions, I
learned an important lesson that has given me a different perspective on this.
The needs of the world are overwhelming as well. These needs, though, do not
become real to us until they become personal – you live it, breathe it, taste
it, smell it, touch it. In 2009, the opioid crisis became personal to me, it became real.