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

2019-01-11T09:54:16+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. 127 – State of Emergency: Dr. Jay Butler, Alaska Dept. of Health and Human Services

2019-01-11T09:19:34+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. 110 – Trapped in a Cycle of Relapse: State Attorney Dave Aronberg, Palm Beach County

2019-01-10T16:58:10+00:00 July 6th, 2017|Education, Legal/Legislation, Podcasts|

Greg interviews Dave Aronberg, the State Attorney of Palm Beach County, Florida. Mr. Aronberg established a Sober Homes Task Force to combat the numerous flop-houses and fake treatment centers that have popped up around Delray Beach. Greg asks the State Attorney about how this problem developed and has continued to thrive. He [...]

Ep. 107 – A Community Effort: Bud Lytle, Chilicothe Police Department

2019-01-10T16:46:14+00:00 June 27th, 2017|Community Outreach, Legal/Legislation, Podcasts|

Greg interviews Officer Bud Lytle, a Public Information and Crime Prevention Officer for the Chilicothe Police Department.  Bud and his department have shifted from traditional police tactics to approaches more in line with social work to help combat the growing opioid epidemic in their county. Greg asks Bud about how the Chilicothe [...]

Ep. 105 – Addressing Substance Abuse Trauma: LeeAnne Cornyn, Director of the Children’s Initiative

2019-01-10T16:45:21+00:00 June 21st, 2017|Legal/Legislation, Podcasts|

Greg interviews LeeAnne Cornyn, the director of the Children’s Initiative at Attorney General Mike Dewine’s office. Leanne has been working on a new child protective services program called START – Sobriety Treatment and Reducing Trauma – which, aims to provide support for children and parents who have been affected by substance abuse. [...]

Ep. 98 – Pre-Booking Law Enforcement Treatment Program Making a Difference In Montgomery County, MD

2019-01-10T16:40:12+00:00 May 25th, 2017|Criminal Justice, Harm Reduction, Legal/Legislation, Podcasts, Prevention|

Greg interviews Jac A. Charlier, the National Director for Justice Initiatives at TASC (Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities) in Chicago, Illinois. Jac was instrumental in the creation of STEER (Stop, Triage, Engage, Educate and Rehabilitate) a pre-booking law enforcement and drug treatment linkage program operating in Montgomery County, Maryland. Like many police deflection [...]

Ep. 96 – Expanded Medicaid Coverage and Government Funding: Andrew Joseph, STAT

2019-01-10T16:39:09+00:00 May 18th, 2017|Harm Reduction, Legal/Legislation, Legislation, Podcasts, Recovery|

Greg interviews Andrew Joseph, a journalist at The Boston Globe affiliated STAT. STAT focuses on finding and telling compelling stories about health, medicine, and scientific discovery. As a general assignment reporter, Andrew has covered a multitude of topics ranging from crime to health policy – including the recent repeal of the ACA and [...]

Ep. 95 – Mending Burnt Bridges and Building Support: Sheriff John Tharp, D.A.R.T.

2019-01-10T16:38:32+00:00 May 16th, 2017|Criminal Justice, Harm Reduction, Legal/Legislation, Podcasts, Prevention, Recovery|

Greg interviews John Tharp, a sheriff in Lucas County, Ohio, responsible for launching the Drug Abuse Response Team (D.A.R.T.). Founded in 2014, the D.A.R.T. program aims to make a difference in the opioid epidemic in Western Ohio by aiding in the treatment, education, and support of those suffering from substance abuse, as well [...]

Ep. 87 – Increased Border Screening to Keep America Fentanyl Free: Senator Sherrod Brown

2019-01-10T16:33:44+00:00 April 13th, 2017|Legal/Legislation, Legislation, Podcasts, Prevention|

Greg interviews Senator Sherrod Brown, the senior United States Senator for Ohio. Prior to his election to office in 2007, Senator Brown served as a United States Representative for Ohio’s 13th Congressional District. He also has prior experience as the Ohio Secretary of State, teaching in Ohio’s public schools and working on his [...]

Ep. 79 – Making a Difference with a One-Man Task Force: Mike McRill, Sidney Police Department

2019-01-10T16:27:22+00:00 March 16th, 2017|Community Outreach, Legal/Legislation, Podcasts|

Greg interviews Mike McRill, a Community Resource Officer from the Sidney Police Department located in Sidney, Ohio and a former middle school teacher. Desiring to do more for his community and live his passion for law enforcement, he joined the Sidney Police Department in 2000. After becoming the Community Resource Officer in 2014, [...]

Ep. 78 – How the Government Funds Substance Abuse Programs: Rob Portman, Ohio Senator

2019-01-10T16:26:56+00:00 March 14th, 2017|Legal/Legislation, Podcasts|

Greg interviews Rob Portman, a United States Senator from Cincinnati, Ohio. In September 1996, Senator Portman founded the Coalition for a Drug-Free Greater Cincinnati—now known as PreventionFIRST! The coalition’s purpose is to keep young people free of substance abuse. He was first elected to Senate in 2010, after winning 82 of Ohio’s 88 [...]

Ep. 72 – Choosing Recovery as an Alternative to Prison: Todd Popovich, Rutland Vermont Resident

2019-01-10T16:13:19+00:00 February 21st, 2017|Legal/Legislation, Podcasts, Treatment/Programs|

Greg interviews Todd Popovich, a resident of Rutland, Vermont with first-hand experience of the opioid epidemic sweeping the area. Todd, now in recovery, has struggled with substance abuse disorder in the past. He plans to graduate from his recovery program in two weeks, on February 23. He shares more about his [...]

Ep. 67 – Vermont’s Compassionate Stance: Jennifer Levitz, Wall Street Journal

2019-01-10T16:08:01+00:00 February 2nd, 2017|Legal/Legislation, Podcasts|

Greg interviews Jennifer Levitz, reporter with the Wall Street Journal, to discuss what she has learned investigating the opioid epidemic. Jennifer’s recent article, Vermont’s Radical Experiment to Break the Addiction Cycle, tells the story of Todd Popovitch, a former drug user who has been given a second chance under Vermont’s revolutionary new policies [...]

Ep. 54 – Stopping Substance Abuse via Random Drug Testing: Administrative Team, Lacey Schools

2019-01-10T15:17:04+00:00 December 20th, 2016|Legal/Legislation, Podcasts|

Greg interviews an administrative panel from Lacey Township School District, including Superintendent Craig Wigley, Assistant Superintendent Dr. Vanessa Clark, and District Supervisor William Zylinski. The Lacey School District has recently addressed a hot topic by conducting random drug testing in their high school. While the school has always been aware of drug testing, [...]

Ep. 50 – Partnering with PAARI to Save Lives: Sergeant Pat Greenhill, PAARI Part Two

2019-01-10T15:02:02+00:00 December 1st, 2016|Community Outreach, Legal/Legislation, Podcasts|

Greg interviews Sergeant Pat Greenhill, the Sergeant of the Berea Police Department and PAARI (The Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative) Program Coordinator for Community Engagement. They are joined by PAARI State Representative Nicole Walmsley. You can listen to her first podcast episode here. As Sergeant Greenhill explains, PAARI is a national organization [...]

Ep. 38 – How Drug Court Encourages Recovery: Judge Thomas Teodosio, Summit County

2019-01-10T14:31:25+00:00 October 13th, 2016|Legal/Legislation, Podcasts, Treatment/Programs|

Judge Thomas Teodosio runs a compassionate drug court in the Summit County Court of Common Pleas called The Turning Point. He discusses how the special court was founded and the success the court has experienced. Judge Teodosio has been running Summit County’s drug court for the past 8 years. He says the court [...]

Ep. 34 – The New Wave of Drug Law Enforcement: Mayor Dan Horrigan, Akron OH

2019-01-10T12:41:31+00:00 September 29th, 2016|Legal/Legislation, Podcasts|

It’s no secret that arrest, imprisonment, and conviction don’t break addiction. All over the US, civic officials are waking up to the brokenness of the system. Cops and robbers isn’t working. It isn’t saving our sons and daughters. If addiction is a physical brain disease, why don’t we get to the root of [...]

Ep. 31 – How Arrest Can Lead to Addiction Recovery: Captain Michael Shearer, Akron Police Department

2019-01-10T12:38:32+00:00 September 20th, 2016|Legal/Legislation, Podcasts|

Greg interviews Captain Michael Shearer, Captain of the Akron Police Department Narcotics Division. Captain Shearer has spent 25 years on the police force, in various roles. He has been Captain of the Police Department since 2005. Akron has experienced a tragic spike in heroin overdoses this summer. In July, first responder calls went [...]

Ep. 30 – Championing Addiction: Nicole Walmsley, Police Assisted Recovery and Addiction Initiative

2019-01-10T12:33:46+00:00 September 15th, 2016|Harm Reduction, Legal/Legislation, Podcasts, Stories|

Greg interviews Nicole Walmsley, State Representative of the Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative. Through her efforts, the initiative is now active in the city of Lodi’s police department. The initiative works to support the Gloucester Police addiction initiative, to aid other police departments, and to foster a dialogue for police departments to [...]

Ep. 28 – Good Samaritan Law Follow-up: Robert Sprague, Ohio State Representative

2019-01-10T12:27:19+00:00 September 12th, 2016|Harm Reduction, Legal/Legislation, Podcasts|

Greg interviews Robert Sprague, Ohio State Representative. He represents the 83rd District in the Ohio House of Representatives. Since Robert has been in office, he has been associated with the passing of 14 bills for opioid addiction legislation. The Good Samaritan Law goes into effect on September 13, 2016. Greg asks Representative Sprague [...]

Ep. 25 – Beat the Odds Together: Daniel Meloy, Director of Public Safety Colerain Township

2019-01-10T12:17:40+00:00 September 1st, 2016|Harm Reduction, Legal/Legislation, Podcasts|

A recent overdose crisis in Cincinnati, Ohio on August 27, 2016 made headlines after the city dealt with 78 overdoses over a span of 2 days. The USA Today article on the tragedy referenced the outstanding overdose statistics of Hamilton County, located just north of Cincinnati. The county reported having a 35% decrease [...]

Ep. 21 – Working Together to Fight Heroin Overdoses: Gordon Merry, Cabell County EMS Director

2019-01-10T12:11:12+00:00 August 18th, 2016|Legal/Legislation, Podcasts|

Huntington, West Virginia made headlines this past Monday, August 15, 2016, after 26 people overdosed on heroin in the span of only 4 hours. Thankfully, there were no deaths and everyone who overdosed survived due to the quick response time of emergency services. Gordon Merry, EMS Director, acted quickly and diverted his resources [...]

Ep. 19 – The Need for a New Ethics of Prescribing: George Loucas, Loucas Law

2019-01-10T12:07:55+00:00 August 11th, 2016|Education, Legal/Legislation, Podcasts|

George Loucas discusses the increase of the opioid epidemic over the last 10 years. Mr. Loucas is the founder of Loucas Law, a medical malpractice firm that specializes in wrongful death cases involving prescription opiates. Loucas Law’s first case was about 10 years ago. It involved a person who had taken too many [...]

Ep. 15 – Good Samaritan Overdose Law: Robert Sprague, Ohio State Representative

2019-01-10T12:05:59+00:00 July 12th, 2016|Legal/Legislation, Podcasts|

Greg interviews Ohio State Representative Robert Sprague, 83rd House District. As chairman of the Finance Subcommittee on Health and Human Services, Representative Sprague brings an important perspective to the fight against the opioid epidemic: since taking office, he has sponsored or endorsed 14 pieces of opioid-related legislation. Greg asks why the opioid epidemic [...]