The presentation was extremely well conceived and brought together. Dr. Pederson was a remarkable professional and handled the most difficult questions at the end with amazing dexterity. There was concern among the physicians with the direct buying of drugs from other countries and access across borders. The contrasting message of physicians not treating pain sufficiently or clients complaining that doctors don't give them sufficient methadone replacement medication in a timely fashion was all brought together. Especially concerning was the prescribing of excessive benzodiazepines by physicians other than the methadone doctors and the respiratory failures being ascribed as a 'methadone death'. Indeed the discussion was one of the best following a presentation and Dr. Pederson did a marvellous job of answering the wide range of questions. Obviously physicians as well as the coroner's office were especially concerned about death.
"First do no harm" was a concern we all shared.