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“Respectable Junkie…delivers not only a bravura performance, but also rings a bell loudly for all of us about the depth and breadth of our most recent drug epidemic. The students I teach at Cleveland Clinic

Lerner College of Medicine were deeply affected by this important work—and, importantly, by the talkback session that followed it.”
Martin Kohn, PhD, Director, Program in Medical Humanities, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine,

Case Western Reserve University

"The counseling students at John Carroll gained such a powerful view into the real-life struggles of heroin addiction. I highly recommend Respectable Junkie as a teaching tool for sparking reflection, conversation, and hope."

Nathan Gehlert, Ph.D., Chair, Department of Counseling, John Carroll University

Having “How to be a Respectable Junkie” performed in class at Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine has been a potent way to inspire empathy for patients who have addictions. Students are profoundly influenced by the raw truthfulness of this performance, and they report that it is one of the most meaningful class sessions of their entire medical school experience. It is part of the required curriculum at CCLCM, and will be for many years to come.

Katherine Burke, Adjunct Associate Professor of Medicine

Program Manager, Art and Practice of Medicine | Program in Medical Humanities

It transformed how I viewed the whole opioid crisis by helping me grasp that there are real people behind all of this and how much they are suffering...A very poignant and memorable experience for me, for which I am still and will continue to be very grateful for.”

Chan-Mi Lee

CCLCM Class of '21

I feel so fortunate to personally know the person this play is based upon...while this story is incredible it is the story of so many of my friends. Everyone's details are theirs but the's the same for all of us. That is the miracle. That it is possible for so many...Let us show you.

Seth Cunningham