About Greg McNeil

Greg is the Founder and President of Cover2 Resources. He lost his son Sam to an overdose in October 2015. Since then, Greg has worked passionately to educate at-risk populations about alternatives to prescription opiates. Greg has over 32 years of experience in the IT industry. He is also the Founder and CEO of 216digital, Inc., a web design, development, and marketing firm that specializes in e-commerce.

Ep. 218 – Pharmaceutical Company Adopts “Glengarry Glen Ross“ Sales Culture of Purdue Pharma

2018-12-06T11:46:56+00:00 December 6th, 2018|Podcasts|

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 [...]

Ep. 217 – Removing Legal Barriers to Recovery at St. Vincent Charity Medical Center

2018-11-29T11:57:04+00:00 November 29th, 2018|Podcasts|

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 [...]

Ep. 216 – ALTO, Lily’s Place and AnchorED Programs Highlight Supports in Opioid Bill H.R.6 – Part 2

2018-11-21T12:29:25+00:00 November 21st, 2018|Podcasts|

On October 24, 2018, President Trump signed The Support for Patients and Communities Act or H.R.6. into law. This podcast is the second part of our series on this historic piece of legislation. H.R.6 includes support for three successful programs we have featured on earlier podcasts in our series. On today’s show, [...]

Ep. 215 – Everything You Need to Know About Ohio Issue 1

2018-11-05T08:40:35+00:00 November 5th, 2018|Podcasts|

On Tuesday, November 6th Ohio voters will decide Ohio Issue 1, a ballot initiative that would reduce drug possession offenses to misdemeanors, so they’re no longer classified as felonies with harsher penalties. By most accounts, proponents and opponents are locked in a dead heat on this important issue, so we have decided [...]

Ep. 214 – Powerful PSA Aims to Stop Community from Living in Denial (Ohio) About Opioid Addiction

2018-10-31T15:12:00+00:00 October 31st, 2018|Podcasts|

Ohio continues to have one of the largest death rates due to overdoses in all the US. Just last year, Franklin County had a 47% increase due to opioid abuse. This caused community leaders to come together and form the Ohio Opioid Education Alliance. Their research uncovered some shocking results.  It concluded that [...]

Ep. 210 – What You Don’t Know About the Opioid Multidistrict Litigation in Cleveland, Ohio

2018-10-12T15:40:45+00:00 October 12th, 2018|Podcasts|

There have now been over 1,300 opioid lawsuits filed by states, cities, countries, Native American tribes and labor unions throughout our country. The New York Times said resolving these lawsuits could be the most daunting legal challenge our nation has faced. Last December all the opioid cases filed in federal court across [...]

Ep. 209 – Can Mathematical Modeling Reduce the Death Toll from the Opioid Epidemic?

2018-10-05T08:58:58+00:00 October 3rd, 2018|Podcasts|

Stanford University researchers developed a mathematical model that could help public health officials and policymakers decrease the effects of the opioid epidemic, which took the lives of roughly 49,000 Americans in 2017. The model includes data about addictions, prescriptions and overdoses in the United States which can be used for “what if” [...]

Ep. 208 – There’s Help Finding Reputable Treatment Resources

2018-09-28T12:36:32+00:00 September 28th, 2018|Podcasts|

Treatment for addiction and rehabilitation is currently a $35 billion dollar industry and continues to climb. There are many honest and reputable organizations out there, but some are unfortunately often seeking personal gain from individuals who are in crisis. They exploit those seeking treatment with addiction treatment scams and those suffering from [...]

Ep. 204 – Highlights from the “Opioids: A Crisis Still Facing Our Entire Community” Conference Pt. 2

2018-09-14T13:54:16+00:00 September 14th, 2018|Podcasts|

In late 2013, many of Northeast Ohio’s leading institutions joined forces to formulate a Community Action Plan, a document to serve as a master plan for communities as they move forward in their fight against the opioid epidemic. The Action Plan was divided into four categories which eventually morphed into four subcommittees: [...]

Ep. 203 – Highlights from the “Opioids: A Crisis Still Facing Our Entire Community” Conference Pt. 1

2018-09-11T15:42:32+00:00 September 11th, 2018|Podcasts|

In late 2013, many of Northeast Ohio’s leading institutions joined forces to formulate a Community Action Plan, a document to serve as a master plan for communities as they move forward in their fight against the opioid epidemic. The Action Plan was divided into four categories which eventually morphed into four subcommittees: [...]

Ep. 202 – Drug Safe Hudson: Discreet, Confidential Help

2018-08-29T10:46:19+00:00 August 28th, 2018|Podcasts|

A common misconception among drug and alcohol addiction is that abusers typically live in poor or lower-middle-class neighborhoods. Part of the reason is that people tend to associate drug and alcohol addiction with financial stress, lack of treatment resources and insufficient education on substance abuse. However, recent studies have shown this is [...]

Ep. 201 – Getting Treatment Guidelines in Sync with Insurance Coverage

2018-08-30T16:19:51+00:00 August 24th, 2018|Podcasts|

One of the major contributing factors to the opioid epidemic has been linked to the over-prescribing of opioids for pain relief. Treatment methods, such as chiropractic care, have been offered in many states as an alternative to prescribing opioids. Chiropractors practicing in Ohio participated in a recent survey regarding coverage from Ohio’s [...]

Ep. 200 – Cover2 Celebrates 200th Episode on the “People, Places and Things” Podcast Series

2018-08-21T16:06:00+00:00 August 21st, 2018|Podcasts|

Completing over 200 podcasts, Cover2 Resources has had many fascinating guests over the years who represent organizations and programs that are making a difference fighting the opioid crisis. Whether these organizations use the judicial system, personalized treatment or support groups, they are designed to bring hope to those suffering from addiction and [...]

Ep. 199 – Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) Initiative Offers an Alternative to the Justice System

2018-08-15T17:12:29+00:00 August 15th, 2018|Podcasts|

We’ve profiled many programs designed to get people the help they need. From the QRT teams in Colerain, Ohio, to the DART program in Toledo, the PAARI program from Gloucester, Massachusetts, Safe Stations in Manchester, New Hampshire and AnchorED in Providence, Rhode Island. The goal of each of these programs is to [...]

Ep. 195 – Counterfeit Medications Being Sold Online Becomes a Global Threat

2018-07-20T15:18:22+00:00 July 20th, 2018|Podcasts|

It is estimated that there are currently between 35,000-50,000 active online drug sellers today. Many of these companies are even selling medication without requiring an evaluation from a physician. The World Health Organization has cited that 50% of all online prescription medication is actually counterfeit and is even sold by websites that [...]

Ep. 191 – Admiral James “Sandy” Winnefeld Speaks on His Son Jonathon and the Devastation of Addiction

2018-07-03T11:15:55+00:00 July 3rd, 2018|Podcasts|

Addiction can happen to anyone regardless of class, upbringing and environment. It is a battle that can ravage communities, as well as families. Last November, an article written by Retired Admiral James Winnefeld spoke on the effects of the opioid epidemic and how it has personally impacted his life. His article entitled [...]

Ep. 190 – Using the Overdose Detection Mapping Application Program to Target the Opioid Epidemic

2018-07-05T13:49:38+00:00 July 2nd, 2018|Podcasts|

In today’s podcast we look at another innovative program featured in the CityLab article, “The Race to Learn What’s Really Happening in the Opioid Crisis,” an app known as the Overdose Detection Mapping Application Program. Also known as ODMAP, this app gives first responders the ability to document overdose-related data in real [...]

Ep. 189 – Robots Sample Wastewater to Determine the Scope of the Opioid Crisis in Cary, North Carolina

2018-06-29T12:45:35+00:00 June 28th, 2018|Podcasts|

The stigma associated with addiction impacts every aspect of the opioid epidemic, beginning with determining the scope of the problem. Cities and towns on the front lines of the epidemic have begun using experimental solutions from real-time overdose maps to sewer robots to try to get a handle on the extent of [...]

Ep. 188 – Policy Expert Highlights the Best New Laws to Fight the Opioid Epidemic

2018-06-22T14:51:46+00:00 June 22nd, 2018|Podcasts|

Opioid prescribing report cards for physicians and requirements for insurance providers to cover alternatives to opioids for pain management including acupuncture and chiropractor visits are a couple of the innovations in new state laws passed to fight the opioid epidemic. Policymakers throughout the country have begun confronting the opioid crisis through new creative [...]

Ep. 187 – Edwins Leadership & Restaurant Institute Offers a Second Chance to Ex-Offenders

2018-06-20T11:56:51+00:00 June 20th, 2018|Podcasts|

This week’s podcast features Brandon Chrostowski, founder of Edwins Leadership & Restaurant Institute. Edwins is an organization that exists to provide skilled training and a number of resources to ex-offenders. 6 million people in the US are imprisoned or under community control and face dozens of obstacles after their release. Employment is one [...]

Ep. 186 – Why Chiropractors Could Change the Narrative in the Opioid Epidemic

2018-06-07T09:49:49+00:00 June 7th, 2018|Podcasts|

This week Greg sat down with Dr. Pat Ensminger to discuss an alternative therapy for pain treatment. It is fairly common to treat non-cancerous pain with prescription opioids. Unfortunately, one in four patients struggle with addiction to these medicines, as millions of prescriptions are written each year for pain. Chiropractic care is [...]

Ep. 184 – A Journey from Hollywood to Recovery Inspires Leader of Drug–Free Workplace Initiative

2018-05-22T14:48:47+00:00 May 22nd, 2018|Podcasts|

This week’s podcast features John Mabry, director of Public Outreach for the Addiction Campuses. John has a degree in counseling, an award-winning public speaker and a background in the film industry. Rubbing shoulders with A-listers and working twelve years in the Screen Actors Guild, he seemed to have everything in his life [...]

Ep. 182 – Palm Beach County State Attorney on Patient Brokering and “The Florida Shuffle”

2018-05-14T13:40:39+00:00 May 14th, 2018|Podcasts|

The fear inherent in searching for help for an opioid addiction should not include the additional worry of becoming exploited.  But then, “should” is a meaningless word. There are unscrupulous players in the treatment industry eager to turn suffering into money. On this edition of the Cover2 PPT podcast, Greg welcomes Palm [...]

Ep. 175 – A Discussion with one of Time Magazine’s “Top 100 People Who Shape Our World” Dr. Nora Volkow

2018-04-20T15:06:08+00:00 April 12th, 2018|Podcasts|

Greg interviews Dr. Nora Volkow, Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) who has also been named one of Time Magazine’s “Top 100 People Who Shape Our World.” Focusing on the science of addiction and the effects it can have on the human brain, Dr. Volkow discusses how physically addiction [...]

Ep. 174 – Cover2 Salutes First Responders and Recognizes First Responders Appreciation Week

2018-04-11T14:02:52+00:00 April 11th, 2018|Podcasts|

The week of April 9th through the 13th, Summit County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board (ADM) recognizes the first responders. These are the individuals on the frontlines of the opioid epidemic, and the first responders who witness the effects of the crisis firsthand. Greg McNeil sat down with Jerry [...]

Ep. 173 – Greg Interviews David Sheff, One of Time Magazine’s “Top 100 Most Influential People”

2018-05-04T13:43:33+00:00 April 10th, 2018|Podcasts|

Greg sat down with New York Times best-selling author David Sheff to discuss the devastating effects the opioid epidemic has had on families. Sheff has also been named one Time Magazine’s “Top 100 Most Influential People,” and is no stranger to the opioid crisis. His award-winning books “Clean: Overcoming Addiction and Ending [...]

Ep. 172 – Part 5: A Cover2 Resources Podcast on the Showtime Docu-Series: “The TRADE” a front row seat to the opioid epidemic

2018-03-27T15:47:25+00:00 March 27th, 2018|Podcasts|

Welcome to the 5th and final episode in our five-part podcast series on the Showtime program “The TRADE,” a docu-series providing a front row seat to the opioid epidemic through the eyes of those most affected. We invite you to Binge, Listen and Share this series to make a difference in [...]

Ep. 171 – PART 4: A Cover2 Podcast on the Showtime Docu-Series:“The TRADE” a front row seat to the opioid epidemic

2018-03-27T15:45:28+00:00 March 16th, 2018|Podcasts|

This is the fourth episode of our five-part series on the Showtime original program “The TRADE,” a docu-series providing a front row seat to the opioid epidemic through the eyes of those most affected: the growers and cartel bosses, addicts and their families and law enforcement. In this episode, once again [...]

Ep. 170 – PART 3: A Cover2 Podcast on the Showtime Docu-Series: “The TRADE” a front row seat to the opioid epidemic

2018-03-27T15:44:28+00:00 March 10th, 2018|Podcasts|

This is the third episode of our five-part series on the Showtime original program “The TRADE,” a docu-series providing a front row seat to the opioid epidemic through the eyes of those most affected: the growers and cartel bosses, addicts and their families and law enforcement. In this episode, once again [...]

Ep. 169 – Part 2: A Cover2 Podcast on the Showtime Series: “The TRADE”; a front row seat to the opioid epidemic

2018-03-27T15:43:43+00:00 March 5th, 2018|Podcasts|

This is the second podcast in a five-part series on the Showtime original program “The TRADE,” a docu-series that provides a front row seat to the grim realities of the opioid epidemic through the eyes of those most affected: the growers and cartel bosses, addicts and their families and law enforcement. Each [...]

Ep. 168 – CMA Award winning Artist Shane Runion Concert Tour: DFCA Chapters in 38 School Districts

2018-03-05T09:34:45+00:00 March 5th, 2018|Podcasts|

Greg interviews emerging CMA award winning artist, Shane Runion. Shane talks about growing up in Portsmouth, Ohio and the journey from 8th grade history teacher to a Country Music Award winning artist in little more than two years. Shane helped his struggling community go after a multi-million dollar grant by recording a [...]

Ep. 167 – A Cover2 Podcast on the Showtime Series: “The TRADE”; a front row seat to the opioid epidemic

2018-03-27T15:42:47+00:00 February 28th, 2018|Podcasts|

This is the first episode in a five-part series on the Showtime original program “The TRADE,” a docu-series that provides a front row seat to the grim realities of the opioid epidemic through the eyes of those most affected: the growers and cartel bosses, addicts and their families and law enforcement. Each podcast features [...]

Ep. 164 – Operation Resolve: Taking An Opioid Educational Initiative to the Workplace

2018-02-09T15:53:02+00:00 February 9th, 2018|Podcasts|

In today’s podcast, Greg talks with Kimberly Fraser, Executive Director, Lake County (Ohio) Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) Board, and Jessie Baginski, Ph.D., President/CEO, Leadership Lake County. Both guests have been touched by the opioid crisis, with family members falling prey to its draconian outcomes. They are overseeing Operation Resolve, [...]

Ep. 163 – New Government Anti-Drug Efforts With DEA360 Program: Sean Fearns, Chief of Community Outreach

2018-02-08T14:38:47+00:00 February 6th, 2018|Podcasts|

Greg learns about a new Drug Enforcement Agency program, DEA360, in an illuminating conversation with Sean Fearns, the chief of community outreach. He describes how the programming takes a comprehensive approach to breaking the cycle of drug trafficking, drug violence and drug abuse. DEA360 was first introduced in 2015 with a pilot [...]

Ep. 162 – Opioid Court Injected With Power to Save Lives, Part II: Judge Craig Hannah who presides over Opioid Court in Buffalo

2018-02-01T11:44:01+00:00 February 1st, 2018|Podcasts|

In the second of a two-part conversation, Greg interviews Judge Craig Hannah who sits on the bench in the nation’s only Opioid Court in the 8th Judicial District in Buffalo, NY. A former addict himself, now 18 years sober, Hannah details the role and efficacy of his courtroom’s daily involvement in addicts’ [...]

Ep. 161 – Reform in Drug Court: Jeff Smith, thought leader and change agent from Buffalo

2018-01-30T11:54:26+00:00 January 30th, 2018|Podcasts|

In the first of a two-part conversation, Greg interviews Jeff Smith, a leader who has affected significant change in the process by which cases belonging to those addicted to opioids are handled. Driven by the understanding that opioid addiction has dramatically different outcomes compared to any other drug use, with rapidly lethal [...]

Ep. 160 – Beat the Odds Together: Daniel Meloy, Director of Public Safety Colerain Township

2018-01-24T09:19:10+00:00 January 23rd, 2018|Podcasts|

In today’s podcast we revisit Greg’s interview with Daniel Meloy, the previous Director of Public Safety for Colerain Township in Hamilton County, Cincinnati, Ohio. During his time as the Director of Public Safety for Colerain County, Daniel was able to lead his community to a 35% decrease in overdoses and create the [...]

Ep. 157 – Pharmaceutical Companies Price Gouge, No Government Oversight: Daniel Denvir, Fair Punishment Project

2018-01-09T11:54:21+00:00 January 9th, 2018|Podcasts|

Greg interviews Daniel Denvir, a Fellow at Harvard Law School’s Fair Punishment Project and the host of the podcast The Dig. Daniel recently wrote an article titled “These Pharmaceutical Companies are Making a Killing off the Opioid Crisis,” which discusses the price hike in Naloxone and how companies are exploiting the demand [...]

Ep. 155 – Treatment Initiatives to Save Lives: Dr. Scott Weiner, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

2018-01-02T12:01:17+00:00 January 2nd, 2018|Podcasts|

Greg interviews Dr. Scott Weiner, the Attending Emergency Physician and Director of B-CORE at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts . Dr. Weiner started B-CORE, short for Brigham Comprehensive Response and Education program, with the aim of creating an umbrella and uniform standard for the treatment of substance use disorder within [...]

Ep. 154 – A New Approach to Treating SUDs: Dr. Ann DiFrangia, Akron General Hospital

2017-12-28T12:21:28+00:00 December 28th, 2017|Podcasts|

Greg interviews Dr. Ann DiFrangia, a board certified physician, specializing in the treatment of substance use disorder with Akron General Hospital. Since 2011, Dr. DiFrangia has seen a rise in neo-natal mortality rates, an increase in disabilities due to infection, and sky-rocketing death rates because of the opioid epidemic sweeping Ohio. Greg [...]

Ep. 151 – Rebecca Crowder, Lily’s Place

2017-12-14T11:39:54+00:00 December 14th, 2017|Podcasts|

Greg interviews Rebecca Crowder, the Executive Director of Lily’s Place. Lily’s Place is a Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) facility that provides observational, therapeutic, and pharmalogical care to infants affected by prenatal drug usage. Greg asks Rebecca about the problem of NAS and what symptoms can be identified in infants suffering from the [...]

Ep. 148 – State of Emergency Opens Command Center for Coordination: Ilene Shapiro, Summit County

2017-12-07T17:15:25+00:00 December 7th, 2017|Podcasts|

Greg interviews Ilene Shapiro, the County Executive of Summit County. In October, Ilene declared a state of emergency over the opioid epidemic, enabling the utilization of the Emergency Operations Command Center in downtown Akron to serve as a communication and coordination hub. Greg asks Ilene about the significance and impact of declaring [...]

Ep. 147 – Developing Better Tactics Pt.2: Clay Stamp, Opioid Operational Command Center

2017-11-28T11:45:25+00:00 November 28th, 2017|Podcasts|

Greg continues his interview with Clay Stamp, the Executive Director of the Opioid Operational Command Center in Maryland. Established under the Interagency Heroin and Opioid Coordinating Council in January 2017, the Opioid Operational Command Center works to collect, analyze, and facilitate data-sharing with State and local sources to create better strategies in [...]

Ep. 146 – Developing Better Tactics Pt. 1: Clay Stamp, Opioid Operational Command Center

2017-11-21T13:19:54+00:00 November 21st, 2017|Podcasts|

Greg interviews Clay Stamp, the Executive Director of the Opioid Operational Command Center in Maryland. Established under the Interagency Heroin and Opioid Coordinating Council in January 2017, the Opioid Operational Command Center works to collect, analyze, and facilitate data-sharing with State and local sources to create better strategies in their fight against [...]

Ep. 145 A Different Kind of Treatment Option – Matt Eacott, Aware Recovery Care

2017-11-17T15:28:23+00:00 November 17th, 2017|Podcasts|

Greg interviews Matthew Eacott, the Vice President of Aware Recovery Care in North Haven, Connecticut. As someone that struggled with addiction and its resulting side effects, Matt has utilized his 19 years of recovery experience to help others in their fight against substance abuse disorder.   Listen to the podcast to discover [...]

Ep. 144 – Understanding the Underlying Causes of Addiction and How Communities Can Address These Issues: Johann Hari, bestselling author of the book “Chasing the Scream”- Part 3

2017-11-14T11:52:13+00:00 November 14th, 2017|Podcasts|

Greg interviews Johann Hari, bestselling author of the book Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs, in the third episode of a three-part series. They explore the strategies belonging to other countries that have had success with helping addicts overcome their addictions, including Sweden, [...]

Ep. 143 – Making Data-Driven Decisions: Darshan Shah & Doug Huntsinger, State of Indiana

2017-11-13T13:04:53+00:00 November 9th, 2017|Legal/Legislation, Podcasts|

Greg interviews Darshan Shah, the Chief Data Officer of the State of Indiana and the Executive Director of the Management and Performance Hub (MPH).  He also speaks with Doug Huntsinger, the Special Assistant for Drug Prevention, Treatment, & Enforcement at Governor Holcomb’s Office. Through the MPH, Darshan, Doug, and the rest of [...]

Ep. 141 – Sourcing the Community: Michael H. Robertson, Somerset County Prosecutor

2017-11-10T09:54:51+00:00 November 2nd, 2017|Criminal Justice, Podcasts|

Greg interviews Michael H. Robertson, a prosecutor with the Somerset County’s Prosecutor’s Office in New Jersey. Michael and his team recently repurposed an anti-bullying app called STOPit Solutions to help members in their community anonymously report crimes, drug related and otherwise. Greg asks Michael about how the app came into being and [...]

Ep. 139 – Rewiring the Brain: Dr. Jamie Marich, Institute of Creative Mindfulness

2017-11-10T09:56:34+00:00 October 26th, 2017|Podcasts, Treatment/Programs|

Greg interviews Dr. Jamie Marich, the founder of the Institute for Creative Mindfulness. The institute offers training in the areas of mental health, trauma, addiction, mindfulness, and clinician development through programs like the EMDRIA program, which focuses on EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapy. Greg asks Dr. Marich about how EMDR [...]

Ep. 138 – Interrupting the Cycle: Dr. Kathryn Hawk, Yale University’s Department of Emergency Medicine

2017-11-10T09:57:37+00:00 October 24th, 2017|Podcasts, Treatment/Programs|

Greg interviews Dr. Kathryn Hawk, an emergency physician and assistant professor at Yale University’s Department of Emergency Medicine. The Yale University Department of Medicine currently has a program aimed at breaking the cycle of use and reducing opioid overdoses in high risk populations. Greg asks Dr. Hawk about how the Department of [...]

Ep. 137 – Inspiration through Experience: Dawn Scherma & Tammy Laurer, Dawn’s Early Light

2017-11-10T09:58:13+00:00 October 20th, 2017|Family Stories, Podcasts|

Greg interviews Dawn Scherma and Tammy Laurer, the founder and the president of Dawn’s Early Light. Dawn’s Early Light is an assistance program that aims to provide financial help and guidance to those suffering from substance abuse disorder. Greg asks both Dawn and Tammy how they moved from a place of frustration [...]

Ep. 136 – An Internal Struggle Between the DEA and Congress: Lenny Bernstein, Washington Post

2017-11-10T10:00:12+00:00 October 19th, 2017|Education, Podcasts|

On January 6th 2017, Greg interviewed Lenny Bernstein, a journalist for the Washington Post. Lenny discussed the force behind the opioid epidemic ravaging rural American communities. During his investigation, his team discovered that multiple drug distribution companies were giving rural pharmacies far more pills than they could possibly sell or store. But [...]

Ep. 135 – More Than Just Awareness: Katie Park, Matt Butler, & Jennifer Simpson, Ashtabula County

2017-11-10T10:01:45+00:00 October 17th, 2017|Community Outreach, Podcasts|

Greg interviews Katie Park, the Ashtabula County Prevention Coalition Coordinator, as well as two clinical supervisors – Matt Butler from Community Counseling and Jennifer Simpson from Signature Health. Katie, Matt, and Jennifer have been working within Ashtabula County to help treat those affected by the opioid epidemic. Greg asks Katie, Matt, and [...]

Ep. 134 – A Path to Change pt. II: Maurice Clarett, Athlete & Public Speaker

2017-11-10T10:03:04+00:00 October 6th, 2017|Podcasts, Recovery Stories|

Greg continues his interview with Maurice Clarett, the former Ohio State running back who led the team in 2002 to an undefeated season and their first national championship in 36 years. Following his first year at OSU, Maurice struggled with substance abuse, eventually culminating in imprisonment. He now educates and empowers others [...]

Ep. 133 – Life on Life’s Terms: Kristen Schenker, Glenbeigh

2017-11-10T10:04:00+00:00 October 5th, 2017|Podcasts, Treatment/Programs|

Greg interviews Kristen Schenker, a licensed social worker and the current clinical supervisor at Glenbeigh. Glenbeigh is a drug and alcohol rehabilitation specialty hospital following the philosophy that those suffering from substance abuse disorder can develop a lifestyle outside of their chemical dependence. Greg asks Kristen about her belief that substance abuse [...]

Ep. 132 – A Path to Change: Maurice Clarett, Athlete & Public Speaker

2017-11-10T10:04:52+00:00 September 28th, 2017|Podcasts, Recovery Stories|

Greg interviews Maurice Clarett, the former Ohio State running back who led the team in 2002 to an undefeated season and their first national championship in 36 years. Following his first year at OSU, Maurice struggled with substance abuse, eventually culminating in imprisonment. He now educates and empowers others to achieve their [...]

Ep. 131 – The Benefits of Vivitrol: John Stuckey, ARCHway Institute

2017-11-10T10:05:44+00:00 September 26th, 2017|Podcasts, Recovery Stories|

Greg interviews John Stuckey, the President of ARCHway Institute. ARCHway is a non-profit whose vision is to bring the treatment of mental health and addictive orders into the realm of mainstream medicine - similar to the treatment of other chronic lifestyle diseases such as obesity and diabetes. Greg asks John about what [...]

Ep. 130 – Treating Opioid Addiction as a Medical Disorder, Not A Moral Failing: Dr. Darin Neven

2017-11-10T09:40:50+00:00 September 22nd, 2017|Podcasts, Treatment/Programs|

Greg interviews Dr. Darin Neven, an emergency department physician practicing at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, Washington. Dr. Neven explores the need to change the culture and practice in terms of treatment for substance use disorders in general and opioid addiction in particular. He points to one effective method to [...]

Ep. 129 – Building A Border Wall is Not the Solution: Nicole Lewis, Washington Post reporter for the Fact Checker feature

2017-11-10T10:08:15+00:00 September 20th, 2017|Education, Podcasts|

Greg interviews Nicole Lewis, Washington Post reporter for the Fact Checker feature. In an article she bylined that was published 9/11/2017, she responded to President Trump’s claim that drugs would stop pouring into this country if we built a border wall, which was one of his campaign’s signature promises. She begs to [...]

Ep. 128 – Better Policy through Communication: Keary McCarthy, Mayors Alliance

2017-11-10T10:09:11+00:00 September 14th, 2017|Community Outreach, Podcasts|

Greg interviews Keary McCarthy, the Executive Director of the Ohio Mayors Alliance. The Ohio Mayors Alliance is a coalition of mayors from Ohio’s 30 largest urban and suburban communities, which works to advance priority policies, strengthen economic vibrancy, and better advocate for local communities through collaboration and communication. Greg asks Keary about [...]

Ep. 127 – State of Emergency: Dr. Jay Butler, Alaska Dept. of Health and Human Services

2017-11-10T10:09:54+00:00 September 13th, 2017|Legal/Legislation, Podcasts|

Greg interviews Dr. Jay Butler, the Chief Medical Officer and Director of the Division of Public Health at the Alaska Department of Health and Human Services. He is also the Chairman of the Alaska Opioid Policy Task Force, a partnership between the Alaskan Advisory Board on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, Mental Health [...]

Ep. 126 – Mike Tobin, U.S. Attorney’s Office in Cleveland

2017-11-10T10:10:56+00:00 September 6th, 2017|Criminal Justice, Podcasts|

Greg interviews Mike Tobin, the Community and Public Affairs Specialist with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Cleveland, OH. As the Community and Public Affairs Specialist, Mike oversees the office’s interactions with both the media and the community, covering a multitude of high profile cases, including those relating to the opioid epidemic. Greg [...]

Ep. 124 – Refusing to Keep Silent: Rene Elefteriou, B.A. FORCE

2017-08-29T13:38:58+00:00 August 29th, 2017|Podcasts|

Greg interviews Rene Elefteriou, a resident of Parma, Ohio that started the program B.A. FORCE, Battling Addiction Families of Recovering Children & Education. B.A. FORCE was created to help families affected by the opioid epidemic, as well as those suffering or recovering from substance abuse disorder. Greg asks Rene about how she [...]

Ep. 123 – Providing New Options with SOAR: Mayor Michael Summers, Lakewood Ohio

2017-08-24T11:57:52+00:00 August 24th, 2017|Podcasts|

Greg interviews Michael Summers, the mayor of Lakewood, Ohio - an inner ring suburb right outside downtown Cleveland. Since 2015, the number of opioid overdoses in Lakewood has more than tripled, and Mayor Summers and his team have developed a new program called SOAR (Supporting Opiate Addiction Recovery) to combat the growing crisis.Greg [...]

Ep. 122 – Medicaid Expansion and Healthcare Reform: Lydia Ramsey and Jay Ruais, Healthcare Reform

2017-08-22T12:58:34+00:00 August 22nd, 2017|Podcasts|

Greg interviews Lydia Ramsey, a reporter for Business Insider, covering pharmaceutical, biotech industries, and healthcare. He also interviews Jay Ruais, the Chief Operating Officer and Vice President of Government Affairs for the Addiction Policy Forum in Washington, D.C. Both Lydia and Jay have closely followed Congress’ decisions on healthcare reform.   Greg [...]

Ep. 121 – A Direct Line to Treatment: Thom Olmstead, Orlando Howard, St. Vincent Charity Medical Center

2017-08-18T09:59:54+00:00 August 17th, 2017|Community Outreach, Podcasts, Treatment/Programs|

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 [...]

Ep. 119 – Increasing Pain Management Education: Dr. Phyllis L. Hendry, University of Florida

2017-08-08T12:21:54+00:00 August 8th, 2017|Education, Podcasts|

Greg interviews Dr. Phyllis L. Hendry, a professor of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics, and the Assistant Chair of Research in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Florida’s College of Medicine in Jacksonville, Florida. Dr. Hendry and her team have developed an online education patient safety initiative called P.A.M.I. (Pain [...]

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