We Have Lost Another Saint

Dr. Kishore (L) with Martin Selbrede

Dr. Punyamurtula Kishore, whose pioneering work in the treatment of opioid addiction set new records for effectiveness–yet landed him in prison–has died.

Our Chalcedon print magazine, Faith for All of Life, ran 18 articles about him by Martin Selbrede, starting in 2014. All 18 are available at http://www.chalcedon.edu/ .

Dr. Kishore, frustrated by the ineffectiveness of the medical establishment’s approach–replacing one addictive drug with another–came up with a sobriety-based treatment program instead. It worked. At least, it worked much better than the old way. And they couldn’t forgive him for that.

Dr. Kishore sacrificed his good name, his livelihood, and his freedom for his patients. He fell ill in April of this year and died on June 20. A movie about his life and work is in post-production.

We don’t know how many lives Dr. Kishore saved. We wish he could have lived to see his methods adopted in all 50 states (several have already done so) and his work publicly vindicated.

For the details of Dr. Kishore’s work and sacrifice, see Martin Selbrede’s articles on the Chalcedon website.

8 comments on “We Have Lost Another Saint

  1. So sad to hear this. I contributed to the movie they are making of Dr. Kishore. It is so shameful the way New Jersey (I think it was them, or maybe Massachusetts) treated him.

  2. Kishore was first my student at Harvard and then a lifelong dear friend and colleague. I will miss him so much.

    I too have great anger about the treatment he received in Massachusetts. Nevertheless he quietly and competently accomplished very much good.

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