Emmy award winning actor Kristen Johnston (“The Exes”, “Third Rock from the Sun”), and Joe Schrank (co-founder of Thefix.com) join us to talk about how the media covers addiction and celebrity addiction. And later in the show, Keisha Ormond and Jamie Stein of the Cambridge Prevention Coalition, two ‘boots on the ground’ treatment specialists, tell us how they’re dealing with the opiate crisis day to day.
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey join us to talk about the deadly heroin and prescription opiate abuse epidemic in Massachusetts. Also joining us are Rita Nieves, Bureau Director of Addictions, and Berto Sanchez, Overdose Prevention Manager, at the Boston Public Health Commission.
Parents often have a blind spot when it comes to their children’s substance abuse, yet recent statistics show that over 25% of high school seniors used illicit drugs in the past month and 40% drank alcohol. Brockton Police Officer Nancy Leedberg and Heather Kennedy of the C.O.P.E. Center join us to talk about how we can talk to our kids about drugs.