Art of Medicine
Feb 2018

The Crisis in Our Neighborhood

Jason Bitterman, MD
AMA J Ethics. 2018;20(2):195-196. doi: 10.1001/journalofethics.2018.20.2.imhl1-1802.


Figure. The Crisis in Our Neighborhood

The Crisis in Our Neighborhood


Ink and paper.


This comic represents various clinical and ethical dimensions of the skyrocketing incidence of opioid overdose. The comic also seeks to represent the humanity of patients struggling with addiction and to highlight the importance of clinicians’ roles in helping mitigate the harms of opioid dependence.

Editor's Note

This is the winning artwork of the 2017 John Conley Art of Medicine Contest.


AMA J Ethics. 2018;20(2):195-196.



The viewpoints expressed in this article are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of the AMA.