Last October during ANESTHESIOLOGY 2019 in Orlando, I was seated at the ASA Resident Component House of Delegates (HOD) meeting, when the scheduled agenda was interrupted for a surprise guest speaker. We turned our heads with curiosity as the 20th Surgeon General of the United States, Jerome Adams, M.D., M.P.H., FASA, stepped toward the podium. Dr. Adams was attending the annual meeting as a keynote speaker at the main conference, but he is a special story for us residents: not too long ago, prior to becoming a practicing anesthesiologist and vice admiral in the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, he had been sitting where we all sat. Now, he speaks on a national level about the opioid endemic, specifically stressing the importance and benefit of wider naloxone availability.

The topic of opioids is not a new one given...

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