Building on last month’s episode about providing HIV and substance use care for people who are incarcerated, this month the Boston Medical Center Team talks with Dr. Ricky Cruz, a primary care physician and addiction specialist who frequently provides care for people transitioning out of incarceration. During the conversation, Dr. Cruz describes how race shapes the systems and policies around opioid use disorder; shares the challenges of providing care for people recently released from jail or prison; offers advice on how physicians can talk to their patients about a history of incarceration; and highlights experiences that inspire him in his work.
“It’s a way to push against the system. Trying to advocate and counsel and prevent my patients from being involved and if they are involved, unfortunately, and they come out, let's make this transition period seamless. Let's work on this together and, little by little, try to eliminate the barriers that this history of criminal justice involvement has on leading a normal life." --Dr. Ricky Cruz