I was summoned to the emergency room stat. We tried unsuccessfully for more than 40 minutes to resuscitate the patient. Death by heroin overdose. The young man was 43. I had just started my work for Kaiser Medical Center in Richmond. The year was 1981.
"Forty-three, so young," I remarked to the seasoned ER nurse I was working with. She had vastly more experience than I. Her reply: "It's not the years, it's the mileage."