Kentucky has the third-highest drug overdose death rate in the United States. KET is working to elevate awareness of the complex issues that surround this public health crisis through the Inside Opioid Addiction initiative. Funded in part by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, this initiative explores the many dimensions of this crisis and pathways toward solutions. Learn More
Examine the opioid epidemic and explore the treatment options available in Kentucky to those battling the disease of addiction. The program is narrated by Grammy-winning recording artist and Kentucky native Sturgill Simpson.
After years of aggressively promoting OxyContin as a safe and effective way to combat pain, the company is – equally aggressively – recasting itself as a fundamental player in the response to a crisis that many experts say it helped to create. Such efforts come amid hundreds of lawsuits claiming that Purdue fueled the opioid epidemic by deceptively marketing OxyContin, as well as new government efforts to regulate opioids. A report from Kaiser Health News and PBS NewsHour's health blog.
Amid several lawsuits that accuse manufacturing giant Purdue Pharma of contributing to the country’s opioid epidemic, the company announced Saturday it will cut sales staff by more than half and stop marketing opioids to doctors. Reporter Lev Facher, who wrote for STAT that it marked the end of an aggressive, opioid marketing era that Purdue created, joins Hari Sreenivasan from Washington, D.C.
Local law enforcement in Chillicothe, Ohio, have found their own way to respond to a slew of fatal opioid overdoses in their community. The Post Overdose Response Team (PORT) sets out each week to find every person in their county who overdosed the week before and try to get them into treatment. Special correspondent Esther Honig of Side Effects Public Media has the story.
Connections with Renee Shaw
Renee visits DV8 Kitchen, a restaurant and bakery in Lexington that provides second chance employment opportunities for people in substance abuse recovery who are trying to redirect their lives. She speaks with Rob and Diane Perez about their vision for the restaurant and its support from the community. Renee also talks with employees at the eatery to hear their stories of recovery and how DV8 Kitchen helps them.
Understanding the Opioid Epidemic
Understanding the Opioid Epidemic combines stories of people and communities impacted by this epidemic along with information from experts and those at the frontlines of dealing with the epidemic. The program traces the history of how the nation got into this situation and provides possible solutions and directions for dealing with the crisis.
In 2016, the average American’s life expectancy dropped to 78.6 years, the second time in two years the U.S has seen a dip in how long people are expected to live. And drug overdoses are a big part of the reason why people dying sooner, according to new data released on Dec. 21. A report from PBS NewsHour's Laura Santhanam.
Never Met a Stranger
This episode brings together two people in long-term recovery from substance abuse who meet for the first time and share their struggles, strength, and hope.
Teenagers’ use and misuse of illicit and prescription drugs continues to remain low, according to a new study from National Institute on Drug Abuse and the University of Michigan. However, the study also raised concerns about the growing popularity of electronic vaporizers among adolescents. The study also found that daily use of marijuana for adolescents also became as, or more, popular than daily cigarette smoking. An article from PBS NewsHour's Michael Rios.
Opioid-driven deaths during hospital stays in the United States quadrupled between 1993 and 2014, according to a new study released Monday. The study looked at nearly 385,000 hospital stays involving patients who were admitted for opioid use, and found that by 2014, four times as many patients were dying from opioid-related causes in the hospital, rising from 0.43 percent before 2000 to 2.02 percent. A report from PBS NewsHour's Health website.