“This past year we saw an unprecedented number of deaths related to opioid misuse and addiction, but this issue was largely overshadowed by the ongoing pandemic. Opioids create physical dependence very quickly. We were sad to hear one of our close friends being dependent on opioids, however luckily there has been tremendous effort by health care professionals on his treatment. There were withdrawal symptoms that included muscle aches, vomiting, anxiety and insomnia. Our friend needed a lot of support coming off opioids, and this healing should be a ‘supportive cooperative process’ between the patient, physician, and friends and family. The next elected mayor of NYC should bring light and attention into this issue.”