Episode #142 High Truths on Drugs and Addiction with Dr. Gregory Ciottone and Diaster Medicine with Fentanyl

September 11, 2023 01:00:27
Episode #142 High Truths on Drugs and Addiction with Dr. Gregory Ciottone and Diaster Medicine with Fentanyl
High Truths on Drugs and Addiction
Episode #142 High Truths on Drugs and Addiction with Dr. Gregory Ciottone and Diaster Medicine with Fentanyl

Sep 11 2023 | 01:00:27


Show Notes

Fentanyl has been used as a chemical weapon in warfare. But we do not have to wait for a drone attack from a foreign county. Today 183 will die of fentanyl that is origination from foreign lands. How do you prepare for a chemical attack? You can't completely prepare.  Knowing the high stakes risks and loss of life, we need to prevent such a scenario in the first place.

Dr. Gregory Ciottone is recent President of the World Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine, and an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He is an Instructor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (HSPH), and the Founding Director of the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Fellowship in Disaster Medicine. Dr. Ciottone also serves as the Director of Medical Preparedness for the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative at Harvard University, a joint program of the HSPH and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and sits on the faculty committee for the Harvard University Scholars at Risk program. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and the American College of Emergency Physicians.

As a former member of the United States National Disaster Medical System, Dr. Ciottone was Commander of the Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT) Massachusetts-2, one of the first federal teams deployed into Ground Zero responding to the 9/11 attacks. He is a Founding Member of the US Department of Homeland Security and has been a consultant to the White House Medical Unit for the past three administrations.

Dr. Ciottone’s clinical and field experience includes 25 years as a practicing emergency physician and over 500 missions as a flight physician on an aeromedical helicopter service. He has conducted educational programs in more than 30 countries around the world and has served as a disaster response fellowship director for the International Atomic Energy Agency. Dr. Ciottone has written over 150 scholarly works, including his textbook Ciottone’s Disaster Medicine, now in its 3rd edition and considered the leading textbook in the field. He is the 2018 recipient of the American College of Emergency Physicians Disaster Medical Sciences Award, and the 2020 recipient of the American Academy of Disaster Medicine Distinguished Service Award.


The New England Journal of Medicine put out an educational video based on my 2018 Toxidrome Recognition in Chemical Weapons Attack article. The video simulates a  Carfentanil drone attack. https://www.nejm.org/doi/10.1056/NEJMp2302441

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