Unlike other news sources, we don't use a paywall. Please support our public-service journalism with a gift today and preserve access to these stories for all Pittsburghers.

Sign up for our free weekly newsletter.


In the shadow of the opioid epidemic, how should we care for patients in pain? Reflections after breaking my neck.

I broke my neck four months ago. I fell in my backyard and landed on my head, fracturing my first cervical vertebra in three places and dislocating my first and second vertebrae. Within 24 hours, those vertebrae were fused with surgical screws, rods and spacers, and I woke to a series of frightening, disturbing — […]