Christopher F. Koller
President of the
Milbank Memorial Fund
Ricky is Right: Breaking the Drug Abuse/Criminal Justice Cycle
Ricky may have been on the edge of losing control, but he was still teaching me some health policy lessons.
Word was out among his friends that Ricky was drinking again, and my cousin, who has been friends with him for 35 years, had flown in to see what was going on and how she could help. He had driven into town, and they had been hanging out all day. Now we were all out for an evening stroll. We ended up sitting on some park steps downtown—and talking.
Ricky and I are acquaintances, but not close. He knew he was being checked in on—and he knew that I knew.