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Monday, 07 January 2019 09:33

Cover 2 Podcast: Week of 01/12/19

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This is part three of our “Dopesick” podcast series. In parts one and two, we sat down with New York Times writer and bestselling author Beth Macy and discussed what made Appalachia so vulnerable to the opioid crisis. We touched on Purdue Pharma’s marketing efforts and the impact they had on OxyContin sales, which devastated the region. 
 
Today we talk to Dr. Stephen Loyd and Dr. Robert Pack about the transformation of their community, which helped establish OverMountain Recovery. This is an outpatient treatment program in the heart of Appalachia that provides counseling and treatment for those battling addiction. We begin today’s podcast with an introduction from Macy.
Wednesday, 02 January 2019 09:24

Cover 2 Podcast: Week of 01/05/19

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Part one of our Dopesick podcast, we discussed the effects that the opioid epidemic had on Appalachia and why the region was so vulnerable. In part two, we will discuss Purdue Pharma’s OxyContin marketing efforts and the enormous impact it had on the region. 
 
In 1996, Purdue Pharma more than doubled the size of their salesforce and handpicked physicians who would be extremely susceptible to their marketing. Using data that they bought from IMS Health, they targeted which doctors prescribed the most competing painkillers. 4 years later, these representatives had influenced 94,000 physicians to push OxyContin and sales had increased almost tenfold. 
 
Continuing the conversation with Beth Macey, she shares how OxyContin affected her hometown and how surrounding communities were ravaged with crime after the epidemic took off. Greg also talks with Dr. Art Van Zee about the deceptive marketing practices of Purdue Pharma and how these physicians were influenced. Hear more of the story on today’s podcast.
Friday, 21 December 2018 09:09

Cover 2 Podcast: Week of 12/22/18

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“Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors and the Drug Company that Addicted America” is a look into the opioid crisis as it emerged in, bestselling author Beth Macy’s hometown of Roanoke Virginia. It’s an account that profiles the twenty plus year history of the epidemic and the story of how Appalachia was ravaged by this crisis. Macy began reporting on the events of the epidemic back in 2012 and after five years of research, “Dopesick” was born.
 
This is part one of a multi-part series on Dopesick. Greg sits down with bestselling author Beth Macy and the two examine how America’s worst health crisis emerged from this economically vulnerable area. We will also talk to families, doctors, community leaders and healthcare providers who discuss the birth of the epidemic in our country, as well as the drug company that exploited the hardships of an entire generation. Listen to today’s podcast for more on “Dopesick.”
Monday, 17 December 2018 08:38

What You Remember

Monday, December 17, 2018

What you remember

Your memory of what happened is not what happened. Your memory is your impression, your interpretation of what happened, and what it means to you.

Each memory can and does change, each time you remember it. It never was fully objective to begin with, and becomes less so as time goes on.

Your memory is not an unalterable police car dash cam recording. It is a dynamic tool with which your past guides your future.

You cannot change the objective reality of what happened to you, or by you, or around you. Yet you can choose precisely how you remember it, what it now means, what you learn from it, what you do with it.

The story of your life is yours to write, now, to make sense of, to pull together into an inspiring, empowering narrative. Whatever your past has been, you can project it through the lens of now into a positive, fulfilling future.

Today is the turning point in the story of your life. Today, let everything you remember push you toward the brightest, most meaningful life you can imagine.

— Ralph Marston


Read more at http://greatday.com/#1EXmq36BYzyMsdZX.99  

Tuesday, 11 December 2018 12:01

Cover 2 Podcast: Week of 12/15/18

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The author of Dreamland, Sam Quinones, stated in a blog post “The Purdue Pharma company instructional materials pushed salespeople to ‘expand the physician’s definition of the appropriate patient’ to which opioids might be prescribed, and to develop a ‘specific plan for systematically moving physicians to the next level of prescribing.’” Over the past twenty years, other companies have adopted the same deceptive, sales tactics from Purdue Pharma, including INSYS Therapeutics.  
 
Today Greg is joined by Evan Hughes, author and writer for GQ, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe and The New York Times. Hughes recently composed an article for The New York Times entitled The Pain Hustlers. This article profiled the case of INSYS Therapeutics and how they paid millions to physicians through their “Speaker Program” to recommend and prescribe their bestselling, highly addictive, fentanyl product to treat terminal cancer pain: Subsys. Hear this story and how others in the industry have adopted these deceptive sales and marketing practices, despite Purdue Pharma’s prosecution for employing essentially, the same practices.
Monday, 10 December 2018 11:46

Widen Your Goal

Monday, December 10, 2018

Widen your goal

Are you stuck, unable to make any progress? Perhaps your desire to move forward is too narrowly focused.

Widen your field of vision until you can see more workable possibilities. Let go of some of the particulars of your goal while holding firm to its essence.

Yes, certainly, focus on achieving what you desire. But don’t become so narrowly and exclusively focused on your desire that you render yourself incapable of working toward it.

For example, a larger home might make a major positive difference in your family’s quality of life. But it doesn’t have to be on a specific street or even in one particular neighborhood.

If you’re stuck, your best possibilities are likely to be found among the ones you’ve never considered. But you’ve locked those possibilities out of your mind because of certain details about your goal that don’t even matter that much.

Put your persistence to work, rather than allowing stubbornness to hold you back. Widen your goal enough to open a clear and achievable path to it that you can begin to travel right now.

— Ralph Marston


Read more at http://greatday.com/#kpFT7aBBp0eMIGxc.99  

Thursday, 06 December 2018 13:31

Cover 2 Podcast: Week of 12/08/18

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In criminal cases, legal assistance is a right. However, there is no right to counsel in civil matters, and most low-income Americans are forced to go it alone without legal representation. It’s estimated that 71% of low-income households experienced at least one civil legal problem in the last year, including problems with health care, housing conditions, disability access, veterans’ benefits, and domestic violence. Left unaddressed, these issues represent a significant hurdle to overcome for those in recovery. 
In October of 2017, St. Vincent Charity Medical Center in Cleveland sought to address the legal barriers that negatively impact an individual’s health. They launched a medical/ legal partnership after receiving support from various local organizations, such as the Jones Day Foundation and Mount Sinai Healthcare Foundation to name a few. 
 
For today’s podcast, Greg met with Legal Aid attorneys Michael Russell and Jennifer Kinsley, as well as Dr. Albana Dreshaj Medical Director of St. Vincent Charity Psychiatric Emergency Department. Hear how this program can help those less fortunate overcome obstacles and get the assistance they need.
Wednesday, 28 November 2018 10:12

Cover 2 Podcast: Week of 12/01/18

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Greg interviews Thom Olmstead, the Director of University Partner Collaborations at St. Vincent Charity Medical Center, as well as Orlando Howard, the Manager of Outpatient Treatment Services at Rosary Hall. The St. Vincent Charity Medical Center and Rosary Hall are currently running a pilot program that offers free Uber rides to those in Intensive Out Patient Program (IOP) Treatment.
 Listen to the podcast to discover how this program is directly affecting IOP treatment patient’s lives and how it helps keep those recovering from substance abuse disorder stay on track.
Wednesday, 21 November 2018 05:21

Cover 2 Podcast: Week of 11/24/18

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Recently, President Trump signed an opioid package into law called H.R.6. Today’s podcast will discuss what this means and will be the first episode of a two-part series that will break down H.R.6. Greg met with Jay Ruais, Chief of Staff and VP of Federal and National Initiatives for the Addiction Policy Forum and Braeden Kelly, Director of External Affairs. The two discuss what H.R.6 will do and how this can help combat the opioid crisis. 
 
One of the key points that H.R.6 will do is expand treatment capacity. Roughly 20 million people suffer from substance use disorders and about 10% of them will receive treatment. H.R.6 will help to establish evidence-based treatment centers to help those suffering. In addition to treatment capacity expansion, this bill will also allow Medicaid to cover up to 30 days of treatment as well as expand telehealth services. Listen for more initiatives this legislation will add and how it can help curb the opioid epidemic and ensure victims of the disease get the support and treatment they need.
Monday, 19 November 2018 10:25

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Dear Friends,
 
All of the Trinitarian Sisters at Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine would like to wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving!
Please remember that all of you are in our prayers daily. 
 
Perhaps you will be spending Thanksgiving with family, friends or even, perhaps, alone.  Just remember those "perfect" families that we see in movies and entertainment do not exist.   Don't be upset if you can not meet their standards.  No one can.  Just remember the family of Apostles.  It contained a doubter, a betrayer and a few cowards. All imperfect people.  So we're not looking to bad.  God only wants what we can give. 
 
A reminder that the word Eucharist means thanksgiving.  If you can make it to our 8:00 AM Mass on Thursday come and give thanks with us.  We'll carry you in prayer no matter what.
 
Happy Thanksgiving,
The Sisters of the Most Holy Trinity  
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