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jason potter

jason potter

Thursday, 17 May 2018 09:23

Cover 2 Podcast: Week of 05-19-18

In 2016, more than 63,000 people died of drug overdoses in the United States, more than triple from 2000. Among the many cities that are affected by this crisis, Philadelphia has been drastically affected. Greg is joined by Dr. Tom Farley, the Commissioner of the Philadelphia Department of Health. Dr. Farley says that the opioid epidemic has surpassed the AIDS epidemic that was sweeping Philly in the 1990’s and surpasses the amount of deaths from the entire Vietnam War. 
 
Since Dr. Farley is the Commissioner of the Philadelphia Health Department, he considers himself the “doctor” of the city and is on a mission to help illuminate how Philly can take an active role in combating this epidemic through harm reduction programs. He says that they surveyed the general population of the city and found out that one-third received opioid prescriptions, and 1 in 7 were currently taking opioids. Many of those are predicted to graduate to heroin. 
 
They started a plan in the Fall of 2016 to find new ways to help the city control the epidemic and prevent people from dying. The Mayor appointed about 20 task force members which were joined by 150 people that have been affected by the opioid crisis to come up with recommendations. After much hard work, there were 18 recommendations that were concluded from the committee to help their city and communities. The final report and 18 recommendations will be published along with this episode.
 
Some of the recommendations include prevention, education, low-barrier housing, medical intervention, and overdose prevention (to name a few). Listen and learn more about the plans for the city of Philadelphia, along with other controversies they think will lead to positive change during this national crisis.​
Wednesday, 09 May 2018 11:38

Cover 2 Podcast: Week of 05/12/18

Greg is joined by Amy Dresner, a former professional stand-up comic who appeared at the Comedy Store, The Laugh Factory and the Improv. She is most recently known as the author of “My Fair Junkie: A Memoir of Getting Dirty and Staying Clean” where she describes her struggles with addiction, and the extreme circumstances that led her to sobriety. 
 
Amy’s book is brutally honest about addiction and how it affected her life. Amy tells Greg about the arrest that led her down an even darker path. She explains how her mandatory community service was life-changing, humbling, and when she started to realize the depth of her situation. Her epiphany came during those hours which has led to living a sober life. 
 
Listen as Greg talks to Amy about her journey and how it was like living with addiction and what she has done to overcome those challenges. Those who have read her book and other publishing’s have said it has helped them feel less ashamed, less alone and they appreciate her brutally honesty when it comes to addiction.
Tuesday, 08 May 2018 08:59

Geek of the Week - Datefit

A new dating app was released last week – and it was created by a company in Cleveland.

The app is called “DateFit” and it matches up people who are into staying fit and exercising. Similar to the other dating apps, you swipe one direction to like someone, swipe the other way to reject them...but this app lets you “super like” someone.

The creators say that sometimes approaching someone at the gym can be tough...their app makes it easier.

Its free for iPhone and Android

** note ** while there may be 9,000 people currently using the app, the odds are pretty good that not many of them are in Cleveland, so pickings may be pretty slim until this thing catches on. It's only been out a couple weeks.

Tuesday, 01 May 2018 10:55

Cover 2 Podcast: Week of 05/05/18

Greg is joined by Matt Ruth, the Chief Commercial Officer at Adapt Pharma, a privately-held company committed to expanding affordable access to NARCAN Nasal Spray. NARCAN is the brand name for Naloxone, which is a formulation used by first responders to reverse an overdose. 
 
During this episode they discuss the stigma attached to the use of this product, and Greg touches on the subject of the marketplace exploiting this opportunity to increase prices. Matt says that Adapt Pharma’s price has remained the same since the beginning and that they are working to make sure this solution is offered at an affordable price.
 
The goal for Adapt Pharma is to create more awareness about this product so that friends and families affected by the opioid crisis know about the reversal agent. In addition, they propose that all law enforcement should carry Naloxone because of the risk of the job and being exposed to Fentanyl.  
 
When someone is brought back from an overdose there is a window of opportunity to get them the treatment that they need to overcome their addiction. Matt says, “Naloxone is not a solution for treatment, but hopefully a bridge to treatment.” The ultimate goal is to save a life and hope that they have the proper treatment for another chance.
Tuesday, 24 April 2018 11:22

Cover 2 Podcast: 04/28/18

Greg interviews Dr. Nora Volkow, Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) who has also been named one of Time Magazine’s “Top 100 People Who Shape Our World.” Focusing on the science of addiction and the effects it can have on the human brain, Dr. Volkow discusses how physically addiction can take hold of the person and how each person has a unique fight with addiction due to their genetic makeup. Some environments can have a direct impact on each situation. Whether you come from an extremely protective environment or an environment of neglect, these elements can have a direct effect on your battle with addiction. 
 
Take a listen to discover more about the science and anatomy of addiction and how we as a community can support others through their battle.
Tuesday, 24 April 2018 09:06

Geek of the Week: Cedar Point App

Cedar Point opens in a week (05/05/18) and they've made improvements to their app, and one detail alone makes this app invaluable. The Roller Coaster capital's official app has maps of the park, it'll show you the route to take from one ride to another, check wait times, and take advantage of online coupons and specials. But the best feature: is the car locator! Plot your location on the app when you get out of your car, and at the end of the day, it'll lead you right back.

There's also plenty of information about the park and its amenities. You can even store your season pass on the app, so you always have it with you.

The official Cedar Point Mobile App is free for iPhone and Android.

Tuesday, 17 April 2018 11:59

Geek of the Week: Superman Homepage

Wednesday, April 17th is Superman Day in the City of Cleveland, so to celebrate, check out the Superman Homepage (and download the app). The go-to source for all things Superman.

The latest news about upcoming comics, movies, and TV shows; interviews with those in-the-know; and podcasts related to the Man of Steel.

** its actually a pretty good source for information on all DC comic characters

The website is free, and the apps are free for Android and iPhone.

Saturday, 21 April 2018 06:00

Cover 2 Podcast: Week of 04/21/18

The week of April 9th through the 13th, Summit County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board (ADM) recognized the first responders. These are the individuals on the frontlines of the opioid epidemic, and the first responders who witness the effects of the crisis firsthand. Greg McNeil sat down with Jerry Craig, Executive Director of the ADM Board, and with Barberton Police Chief, Vince Morber. The panel discussed the role of the quick response teams (QRTs) and how they took off, especially in Summit County. 
 
The QRTs partnered with the Fire Department to assist overdose victims and added another aspect to their plan by following-up. Chief Morber stated that, “You show up at a time that is a non-crisis situation, and [by doing so] you bring a message of caring.” People are more receptive to treatment when they see genuine concern and how these quick response teams come back multiple times after an overdose visit. It shows that these first responders are truly here to help and offer support. 
 
In the past two years, safety forces have responded to 4,700 overdoses within the community. This was an open door to deploy the quick response teams. In 2017, ten jurisdictions with QRTs made 2,986 post overdose visits to try and offer help to the victims. The community is encouraged to share messages and get involved in showing appreciation for those fighting the epidemic so selflessly and courageously.
 
Listen to the podcast here and learn more about First Responders Appreciation Week.
Wednesday, 11 April 2018 10:42

Cover 2 Podcast: Week of 04/14/18

Greg sat down with New York Times best-selling author David Sheff to discuss the devastating effects the opioid epidemic has had on families. Sheff has also been named one Time Magazine’s “Top 100 Most Influential People,” and is no stranger to the opioid crisis. 
 
The hard facts are most programs don’t have the medical resources to fight the epidemic. Sheff stated, “In many programs, a person can go into treatment and they never, ever see a doctor.” It is a shocking realization that someone fighting a disease often goes without medical attention. Almost everyone ends up in a program that may not be fully equipped to help them.
The two discussed treatment methods and how the plans need to be as unique as each individual, as everyone is fighting their own battle in various ways.
 
Listen to today’s podcast for more great ways Sheff and McNeil discuss treatment options and resources for those taking on addiction.
Tuesday, 10 April 2018 11:12

Geek of the Week: EyeBleach.me

Sometimes you need a break from social media. The negativity, the political bickering, the surveys...it becomes overwhelming. Take a few minutes away and visit this website: EyeBleach.me.

Its not much more than a slideshow of kitten pictures.

A nice way to “cleanse the palate” from time to time.

...and its free.

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