We had a full house at the Providence Athenaeum last week. If you weren't able to join us, not to worry. You can listen to the full program right here.
Rhode Island Public Radio, in concert with the lovely Providence Athenaeum, hosted a stellar group of panelists for this one hour radio show taped in front of a live audience. Guests included a recovering addict and overdose survivor, an addiction medicine and infectious disease specialist, a drug abuse epidemiologist, a Warwick police captain trained in mental health first aid, and an addiction treatment specialist.
Part 1: Recovering addict Abbie Stenberg shares her experience, strength, and hope. The Providence Center's Jim Gillen talks recovery.
Part 2: Addiction and infectious disease physician Dr. Jody Rich joins the conversation to talk about how prescription painkillers like OxyContin became so widely used, and drug abuse epidemiologist Traci Green shares insights from some of her research on the demographics of overdose.
Part 3: Captain Joe Coffey with the Warwick police department joins the discussion to talk about what's happening in his community, often called the "ground zero" of the heroin and prescription painkiller epidemic in Rhode Island. Jim Gillen and Jody Rich return to talk about what the state, communities, and individuals can do to fight back.
Thanks to producer Jim Moses. And thank you to Christina Bevilacqua at the Providence Athenaeum for hosting us.