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Tuesday, 15 August 2017 09:57

Cover 2 Podcast: Jay Edwards - State Rep

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Greg interviews Jay Edwards, the State Representative for Ohio House District 94. Representative Edwards recently introduced a bill, known as House Bill 167 or Daniel’s Law, that aims to cut back on the over prescribing of opioids by limiting the amount physicians can prescribe.

Thursday, 10 August 2017 10:13

Cover 2 Podcast: Dr. Martin Klapheke

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Greg interviews Dr. Martin Klapheke, the Assistant Dean of Medical Education and Professor of Psychiatry at The University of Central Florida. Dr. Klapheke and his team have developed a new opioid-related curriculum to help medical students fully understand how to safely treat substance abuse disorder and prevent the over-prescribing of opioids.

Listen to the podcast to discover how the curriculum created by Dr. Klapheke and his team aims to not only educate medical students in every specialty on how to deal with this epidemic, but graduates and practicing physicians alike.
Friday, 04 August 2017 09:31

Cover 2 Podcast: Bureau Chief of Health Care

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Greg interviews Lisa Landau, the Bureau Chief of Health Care at the NYS Office of Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. Lisa and her team have been working since 2012 to remove health care coverage blocks for those seeking treatment for substance abuse disorder. Listen to the podcast to discover how Lisa’s team is continuing to make healthcare providers aware of these issues and how states can address similar issues on their own.

Wednesday, 26 July 2017 13:00

Cover 2 Podcast: Trapped in a Cycle of Relapse

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Greg interviews Dave Aronberg, the State Attorney of Palm Beach County, Florida. Mr. Aronberg established a Sober Homes Task Force to combat the numerous flop-houses and fake treatment centers that have popped up around Delray Beach.

Greg asks the State Attorney about how this problem developed and has continued to thrive. He explains that the issue of these for-profit treatment and detox centers started after the ACA and other legislation started providing states with money. “Palm Beach County, and Delrey Beach in particular, has had a long history of very active recovery communities. When the laws started to change, with the Affordable Care Act and Mental Health Charity Act, and other well-intended laws that provided new benefits for individuals with behavioral health issues… you started to see predators move in and take advantage of the new pods of money…”

Wednesday, 19 July 2017 11:46

Cover 2 Podcast: Palm Beach, Florida

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Greg interviews Capt. Houston Park, Dr. Belma Andric, and Dr. Mar Schlosser about their work on a new Subxone pilot program in Palm Beach, Florida. The program, modeled after a similar program at Yale-New Haven Hospital in Connecticut, involves a five step process to help those suffering from opioid use disorder get into treatment.

Friday, 30 June 2017 12:38

Cover 2 Podcast: A Community Effort

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Greg interviews Officer Bud Lytle, a Public Information and Crime Prevention Officer for the Chilicothe Police Department.  Bud and his department have shifted from traditional police tactics to approaches more in line with social work to help combat the growing opioid epidemic in their county.

Listen to the podcast to discover how these efforts across the community and the myriad of programs implemented by the Chilicothe Police Department have worked to lessen the impact of opioid abuse throughout their county.

Greg interviews Iqbal Sunderani, the CEO and Founder of BTNX, Inc, a biotechnology company that has developed a Rapid ResponseTM  Drug Test Strip that can be used to test for fentanyl in drugs like heroin. Greg also speaks with Van Asher, who is the syringe access program manager at St. Ann’s Corner of Harm Reduction in Bronx, NY.

Listen to the podcast to discover how these test strips are being utilized in trials to monitor how their role in prevention not only protects users, but aids communities in saving money as well as lives.

Greg interviews Capt. Houston ParkDr. Belma Andric, and Dr. Mar Schlosser about their work on a new Subxone pilot program in Palm Beach, Florida.  The program, modeled after a similar program at Yale-New Haven Hospital in Connecticut, involves a five step process to help those suffering from opioid use disorder get into treatment.

Listen to the podcast to discover how these Suboxone doses coupled with peer counseling is acting as an on ramp for treatment for those suffering from substance use disorder in Palm Beach County, Florida.

Thursday, 22 June 2017 10:33

Cover 2 Podcast: Vermont Department of Health

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Greg interviews Barbara Cimaglio, the Deputy Commissioner for the Vermont Department of Health. In 2012, Barbara and her department initiated the establishment of a “hub and spoke” model to address the growing opioid epidemic in their state. The model, referred to as the Care Alliance for Opioid Addiction, works to address the continuum of care for those suffering from substance abuse disorders. 

Friday, 16 June 2017 09:50

Cover 2 Podcast: Greg Vovos

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Greg interviews Greg Vovos, a playwright and director who has worked in Cleveland theater since 1998. While Greg has written a myriad of plays, he’s also worked consistently for the Theatre of Healthy Living at the Fine Arts Association; crafting plays for high schools, detention centers, and youth prisons about issues like racism, teen pregnancy, obesity, and drug and alcohol abuse. His most recent play, titled “How to Be a Respectable Junkie,” at Dobama Theatre, tells the story of Brian, a heroin addict set on taking his own life to spare everyone around him from his problems. 

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