Spotlight Scott Co., IN: How Harm Reduction Efforts Helped Transform a Community
When Dr. Will Cooke, an idealistic young physician just out of medical training set up practice in the small rural community of Austin, Indiana, he had no idea that much of the town was being torn apart by poverty, addiction, and life-threatening illnesses. But he soon found himself at the crossroads of two unprecedented health-care disasters: a national opioid epidemic and the worst drug-fueled HIV outbreak ever seen in rural America.
Confronted with Austin’s secrets, Dr. Cooke decided he had to do something about them. In taking up the fight for Austin’s people, however, he would have to battle some unanticipated foes: prejudice, political resistance, an entrenched bureaucracy―and the despair that threatened to derail his efforts.
Join the Great Lakes ATTC for a presentation by Dr. Cooke: