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Forum, July 17: Country failing to address pandemic of addiction

Published: 7/16/2021 10:00:01 PM
Modified: 7/16/2021 10:00:08 PM
Country failing to address pandemic of addiction

The July 15 Associated Press article confirmed that this country lost 93,000 people with drug addictions via overdoses during the pandemic.

With a health care system inadequate to the task, and little comment on how we will address treating this terrible addiction pandemic, we seem to be a country that continues to look at deaths due to addiction and mental illness as a loss of losers rather than of fellow human beings.

Western Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Canada have lost far fewer people to overdose deaths. They are obviously looking at, and treating, mental illness and addiction much more progressively than we are.

Why we do not look at their successful medical treatment is frustrating to me and many others. I hope our health care system takes a look.



The allegations against therapist are saddening

I felt very sad as I read the front-page article about Peter Mayock, a physical therapist in Woodstock, (“Physical therapist accused of groping: Man pleads not guilty to charge of lewd and lascivious conduct,” July 13).

While I cannot comment on the allegations reported in the article, I do want to say that Mayock was an excellent practitioner. I have a chronic back issue, which he treated successfully so I could continue to play tennis and golf and was pain free.

I had used other therapists without success. He restored me (and many of his patients) to full mobility.

Others have had shoulder, hip, knee, sciatic nerve and other issues and leave the office after treatments pain-free and mobile.



Lucky to have been doctor’s patient

It’s easy to feel like just a specimen, and not a person, in the medical system today. You can get doctors who are unable to answer your questions, or even take your concerns seriously.

It can all seem so impersonal.

I was lucky to have Dr. William Rigby as my rheumatology doctor at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center for about 15 years. I was assigned to him in the latter part of 2006 for treatment of Churg-Strauss vasculitis.

Dr. Rigby fought the insurance companies for me because they did not want to pay for the expensive medicine that I needed.

Dr. Rigby is brilliant, compassionate and funny, and the most genuine person that I have ever met.

There is a saying that, in your lifetime, you can count these wonderful people on one hand.



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