Federal authorities say about 78 Americans die every day from opioid overdose. In Montana, health care officials report that abuse there is worse than the national average. But the casualties of the opioid epidemic are not all drug abusers. A growing number of Montana residents, who call themselves pain refugees, say that doctors willing to treat chronic pain in Montana is almost impossible, and the only way they can get relief is to fly out of state. A report from PBS NewsHour's The Rundown blog.
Connections with Renee Shaw
Renee's guest is Dr. Leana Wen, Baltimore City health commissioner, emergency room physician, and patient advocate. Renee talks with Dr. Wen about the country's struggle to manage pain, physician responsibility in prescribing powerful painkillers, harm-reduction techniques like needle exchange, and the accessibility of overdose-reversal drugs. Part of KET's Inside Opioid Addiction initiative.
The Drink Pyramid, a creative and fun educational graphic created by Dr. Daria “Nikki” Stone, has helped to reduce tooth decay among some of the most vulnerable children in eastern Kentucky over the past decade, and is gaining widespread exposure as an effective tool for oral health preventive services. This article is part of KET's initiative Inside Oral Health, funded in part by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.
Almost half of the nearly 2.5 million people incarcerated in America are there because of drug use and addiction. Learn how drug courts are set up to help those with substance-abuse disorders get and stay on the right side of the law. Renee's guest is Terrence Walton, chief operating officer of the National Association of Drug Court Professionals.
It was an unprecedented meeting of the minds and it happened at Harvard Medical School. The subject of April’s confab? Medical cannabis. Researchers suspect cannabis can do so many things, from fighting cancer to easing concussions and Crohn’s disease. There are still tight restrictions but weed is increasingly coming into the scientific mainstream. PBS NewsHour science correspondent Miles O’Brien reports.
Bill speaks with Executive Cabinet Secretary Scott Brinkman and Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services Secretary Vickie Yates Brown Glisson. The guests discuss the specifics of Gov. Matt Bevin's proposed changes to the state's Medicaid system, which are currently being assembled and will be sent as a waiver request to the federal government in August.
How does your oral health affect your overall health, your ability to learn at school, and your likelihood of getting a job? This episode reveals little known facts about the impact of poor oral health and highlights innovative approaches to care delivery. Part of KET's "Inside Oral Health Care" initiative, funded in part by a grant from the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.
Connections with Renee Shaw
From the USDA in Washington, D.C., Renee talks with U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. They discuss the White House's response to the opioid addiction epidemic, the Obama administration's budget proposal to invest more than $1 billion in addiction treatment, treating addiction in rural areas, and other topics. Part of KET's Inside Opioid Addiction initiative.