Good News: A 92-year-old Doctor Works To Combat The Opioid Crisis


A doctor who’s been practicing for more than 40 years has dedicated her life to being on the front lines in the fight against opioid addiction. At 92 years young, Dr. Melissa Freeman said she has no plans on retiring either. She usually starts her day working at a drug clinic that treats patients addicted to opioids like heroin and oxycodone. She then catches the subway uptown to her private to practice in Harlem, New York. 

The Bronx native is also the granddaughter of a slave who grew up in rural Alabama. When the Emancipation Proclamation was signed, he moved his family to New York City. Sitting down with Good Morning America,” Freeman shared it was her grandad and her father who inspired her to pursue higher education. She started practicing internal medicine in 1961. 

Freeman also revealed her secret to a long life. “You do what you have to do. You have to move on,” she says. “As long as God gives you life and gives me strength, I'll have to keep doing it, and he has been very, very merciful for me.”

Source: ABC News

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