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Ep. 261 – The True Cost of The Opioid Epidemic

2019-11-21T11:42:32-05:00November 18th, 2019|Podcasts|

In August, a closely watched Oklahoma opioid trial concluded. Johnson & Johnson was found guilty of deceptive marketing practices and causing a public nuisance, and the judge subsequently awarded the state $572 Million to cover the first year of abatement. However, the judge later announced he had made a $107 million miscalculation. [...]

Ep. 260 – ResultsOhio: Funding Programs That Get Results

2019-11-19T10:54:55-05:00November 4th, 2019|Podcasts|

You wouldn’t pay for something without knowing what you were getting, but all too often, our tax dollars are spent on programs without accountability for results. With the new ResultsOhio initiative, led by state Treasurer Robert Sprague, Ohio is looking for data-backed solutions to guide its funding decisions for social and public [...]

Ep. 259 – Unpacking The Settlement in The Ohio Bellwether MDL Case in Cleveland

2019-11-19T11:04:13-05:00October 24th, 2019|Podcasts|

On October 21st, just as a landmark opioid trial was about to begin, a $260 million settlement was reached.  The deal negotiated between three major opioid distributors, one opioid manufacturer, and Cuyahoga and Summit Country Ohio, resulted in a combination of cash payouts, and donations of addiction treatments.  The first of its [...]

Ep. 255 – David Siegel & The Opioid Pandemic- Part 2

2019-11-20T10:22:48-05:00September 19th, 2019|Podcasts|

Last time on the Cover2 Podcast, David Siegel, the CEO of Westgate Resorts, shared how the opioid epidemic changed his family forever when it took the life of his daughter Victoria. With a new purpose, David decided to tackle the pandemic head-on, meeting with several of our nation’s leaders responsible for solving [...]

Ep. 254 – David Siegel & The Opioid Pandemic- Part 1

2019-11-20T10:27:24-05:00September 17th, 2019|Podcasts|

Since we began this podcast series three and a half years ago, we’ve met some amazing people doing incredible work, each making a difference in the opioid epidemic in their own way. Today’s guest is no exception. What sets him apart is the scope of his latest initiative and his sense of [...]

Ep. 252 – Introducing a Community of First Responders (Everyone Has a Role!)

2019-11-20T10:38:44-05:00August 30th, 2019|Podcasts|

First Responders have 6 minutes to make it to an overdose victim and begin administering life-saving Narcan. Sadly, that’s not always possible. The Community of First Responders Initiative is about making Narcan available in public spaces and linking Narcan Carriers with overdose victims while they wait for emergency responders to arrive. Each [...]

Ep. 249 – The First Agency to Sound the Alarm

2019-11-20T10:52:16-05:00July 19th, 2019|Podcasts|

The First Agency to Sound The Alarm While many people in power ignored the mounting evidence of the Opioid Crisis, one leader refused to turn a blind eye. In 2009, fresh from seven years as NYC’s health commissioner, Dr. Tom Frieden, president, and CEO of Resolve to Save Lives was appointed a director [...]

Ep. 248 -Taking Recovery to The Streets

2019-11-20T11:03:08-05:00July 11th, 2019|Podcasts|

About 21 million Americans struggle with addiction every day, yet only ten percent receive treatment. While that percentage is shockingly low, the reality is that traditional methods of aid are inaccessible for many people, even if addicts are ready for treatment. Fortunately, many organizations recognize this issue and are creating paths to [...]

Ep. 247 – The Corrupting Influence of Purdue: WHO knew?

2019-06-28T17:04:48-05:00June 28th, 2019|Podcasts|

As negative press continued to build for Purdue Pharma and the opioid crisis grew, their U.S. market shares began to shrink. Prescriptions for OxyContin fell more than 40% since 2010, equating to billions in lost revenue. The company’s owners, the Sackler Family, started pursuing a new strategy; go global through their international [...]

Ep. 246 – Lost Lives Lead to New Prevention Programs

2019-06-19T12:13:00-05:00June 18th, 2019|Podcasts|

In June of 2016, we sat down with Dr. Tom Gilson, the nationally known medical examiner from Cuyahoga County, Ohio. Hoping it might inform and help others, Dr. Gilson reviewed Sam McNeil’s report from the medical examiner of Palm Beach County.   Today, we revisit that discussion and uncover how some communities, [...]

Episode 245: Modern-day FDA, What’s New is Still Old

2019-06-06T10:17:02-05:00June 6th, 2019|Podcasts|

In our three-part series with American Overdose author, Chris McGreal, we took an in-depth look at some of the policies and practices of the FDA that helped lead to our nation’s worst health crisis in history. During the series, I spoke with the former chair of the FDA advisory committee, who’s role [...]

Ep. 241 – Behind the Scenes of “Heroin’s Grip” a New Documentary, with Director Conrad Weaver

2019-05-16T14:40:42-05:00May 10th, 2019|Podcasts|

Many people that view addiction from the outside don’t understand the struggle addicts go through and can’t appreciate how addiction impacts their families. To educate people from that perspective, the new documentary, Heroin’s Grip, features the families of Frederick County Maryland, whose lives were transformed by addiction and the opioid epidemic. Joining [...]

Ep. 236 – Preparing Future Physicians: How Dr. Elizabeth Gundersen readies her students for future ethical challenges

2019-04-12T15:15:27-05:00April 10th, 2019|Podcasts|

Pharmaceutical companies spend billions annually on influencing physicians and other pharmaceutical providers, to write more prescriptions for their products. For most companies, the majority of their marketing budget is dedicated to direct contact with doctors, offering token gifts and free lunches, in tandem with information on their products. Many aspiring medical practitioners [...]

Ep. 235 – “American Relapse:” A Behind the Scenes Look with Director/Executive Producer of Chilling New Documentary

2019-04-12T15:12:08-05:00April 1st, 2019|Podcasts|

Each year, thousands of people from across the country go to Florida seeking treatment for drug addiction. Some find help and recover, but the vast majority relapse and continue to struggle with the disease, even after going through treatment many times. This population is vulnerable to insurance fraud through cooked treatment centers [...]

Ep. 231 – “60 Minutes” Whistleblower Shares What Happened When Congress Sided with Industry Over an Agency

2019-03-11T17:13:49-05:00March 8th, 2019|Podcasts|

When a key member of the government’s legal team went to work for the pharmaceutical industry, the job of diversion control enforcement changed dramatically. In this episode, Mr. Joseph Rannazzisi, who for over a decade, was the front man in the government’s battle against the opioid epidemic, shares a first-hand account of [...]

Ep. 229 – Diversion Out of Control: “60 Minutes” Whistleblower, Joe Rannazzisi Talks About What Went Wrong

2019-03-11T17:10:24-05:00February 21st, 2019|Podcasts|

On December 19th, 2018, the Energy and Commerce Committee released a long awaited report titled “Red Flags and Warning Signs Ignored: Opioid Distribution and Enforcement Concerns in West Virginia”. The purpose of the report was to investigate allegations of “opioid dumping” in West Virginia. Today, we begin a 4-part series with Joseph [...]

Ep. 228 – Pharmaceutical Company Exposed in Boston: A Conversation with Palm Beach Post Reporters Part 2

2019-02-15T19:49:07-05:00February 15th, 2019|Podcasts|

We frame today’s podcast with Palm Beach Post reporters, John Pacenti and Pat Beall with a clip from the Insys Therapeutics rap video on the virtues of persuading doctors to prescribe higher doses of the company’s liquid opioid, Subsys. This week jurors in the Insys racketeering case in Boston heard the following [...]

Ep. 227 – Landmark Racketeering Case Against Insys Therapeutics Brings Up A Familiar Story

2019-02-15T14:35:06-05:00February 12th, 2019|Podcasts|

Back in January, the pharmaceutical trial of Insys Therapeutics and company founder, John Kapoor faced charges of racketeering. Allegedly, he and six former sales directors operated a scheme which paid bribes to physicians to prescribe the fentanyl spray SUBSYS, a high-powered opioid pain medication. Between 2012-2016, approximately 908 people overdosed and died [...]

Ep. 226 – Turning Tragedy into a Triumph: The Roanoke Valley Hope Initiative Story

2019-02-15T14:29:08-05:00February 5th, 2019|Podcasts|

As Beth Macy’s book “Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors and the Drug Company that Addicted America” unfolds, we meet many families, community leaders and healthcare providers that were directly impacted by the opioid epidemic in Virginia. As the crisis emerged, families didn’t know where to turn for help. On today’s podcast, Janine Underwood shares [...]

Ep. 225 – Improbable Players Change the Conversation on Addiction Using Performance and Discussion

2019-02-15T14:22:06-05:00January 25th, 2019|Podcasts|

Improbable Players is a collection of touring theater troupes with a powerful message. Forming in Boston, the organization formed in 1984 and is a form of evidence-based prevention education. They use workshops and performances to address and educate the audience on addiction, opioids and alcoholism. The workshops give students the tools to [...]

Ep. 223 – Dopesick: Humanitarian Sister Beth Davies Inspires a Community to Take on a Giant – Part 4

2019-01-11T15:28:03-05:00January 9th, 2019|Podcasts|

In part four of our five-part “Dopesick” series, we have an extensive conversation with Sister Beth Davies. With the help of Dr. Art Van Zee, the two established a community coalition which laid the groundwork to file the first lawsuit against Purdue Pharma. A Staten Island native, Sister Beth is a member [...]

Ep. 222 – Dopesick: Bestselling Author Beth Macy Shares a New Approach to Recovery in Appalachia– Part 3

2019-01-11T15:26:44-05:00January 3rd, 2019|Podcasts|

This is part three of our “Dopesick” podcast series. In parts one and two, we sat down with New York Times writer and bestselling author Beth Macy and discussed what made Appalachia so vulnerable to the opioid crisis. We touched on Purdue Pharma’s marketing efforts and the impact they had on OxyContin [...]

Ep. 221 – Dopesick: Bestselling Author Beth Macy’s Story of The Drug Company that Addicted America – Part 2

2019-01-11T15:52:34-05:00December 29th, 2018|Podcasts|

In part one of our Dopesick podcast, we discussed the effects that the opioid epidemic had on Appalachia and why the region was so vulnerable. In part two, we will discuss Purdue Pharma’s OxyContin marketing efforts and the enormous impact it had on the region. In 1996, Purdue Pharma more than doubled the [...]

Ep. 220 – Dopesick: Bestselling Author Beth Macy’s Story of The Drug Company that Addicted America – Part 1

2019-06-21T14:53:00-05:00December 20th, 2018|Podcasts|

“Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors and the Drug Company that Addicted America” is a look into the opioid crisis as it emerged in, bestselling author Beth Macy’s hometown of Roanoke Virginia. It’s an account that profiles the twenty plus year history of the epidemic and the story of how Appalachia was ravaged by this [...]

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

2019-01-11T15:20:05-05:00December 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

2019-01-11T15:19:34-05:00November 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

2019-01-11T15:18:16-05:00November 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

2019-01-11T15:16:02-05:00November 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

2019-01-11T15:14:54-05:00October 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

2019-01-11T15:08:16-05:00October 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?

2019-01-11T15:06:54-05:00October 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

2019-01-11T15:04:46-05:00September 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

2018-09-14T13:54:16-05:00September 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

2018-09-11T15:42:32-05:00September 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

2019-01-11T14:57:02-05:00August 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

2019-01-11T14:56:43-05:00August 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

2018-08-21T16:06:00-05:00August 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

2019-01-11T14:54:51-05:00August 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

2019-01-11T14:41:20-05:00July 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

2019-01-11T14:38:55-05:00July 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

2019-01-11T14:38:33-05:00July 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. 188 – Policy Expert Highlights the Best New Laws to Fight the Opioid Epidemic

2019-01-11T14:36:26-05:00June 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 [...]

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

2019-01-11T14:34:54-05:00June 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. 184 – A Journey from Hollywood to Recovery Inspires Leader of Drug–Free Workplace Initiative

2019-01-11T11:21:04-05:00May 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”

2019-01-11T11:18:52-05:00May 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

2019-01-11T11:11:51-05:00April 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

2019-01-11T11:11:20-05:00April 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 [...]