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Tuesday, 03 April 2018 11:41

Cover 2 Podcast: Week of 04/07/18

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In this very honest conversation, Greg talks to Darryl Strawberry who opens up about his life struggles which began in early childhood and reached into his highly successful baseball career. He was suspended three times for drug abuse during his 17 years in the league, but since then, he has walked the challenging road to recovery and turned his life around. He shares with Greg his journey involving an alcoholic father who abused him physically and emotionally before leaving when Darryl was 13, and the consequential pain he carried inside. Through his experiences, he is able to offer tremendous insight and clarity about the recovery process. 
 
Greg learns about the key role supportive people play in the lives of those trying to overcome addiction. “It takes people to help people,” Darryl explains. He also details why recovery can’t happen overnight, and how the compassion of others is pivotal. Part of his recovery process involved bringing faith into his life and achieving growth through the church’s teachings that relate to commitment and discipline. 
 
Darryl supports the recovery process through resources available at FindingYourWay.com and StrawberryMinistries.org. He also published the book Don’t Give Up on Me, Shedding Light on Addiction.
Wednesday, 28 March 2018 10:08

Cover 2 Podcast: 03/31/18

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In this new episode, Greg talks to Barbara Marsh, the assistant to the health commissioner in Dayton and Jody Long, the director of behavioral health treatment and support services for the Montgomery County Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health Services. They discuss how their two respective departments came together to form COAT in 2016, which has proven to be a very effective and comprehensive program that’s preventing deaths at the hands of the opioid epidemic.
 
Join Greg as he learns how this program was established and what it means to the community it serves. They explore the collective impact model and the national incident management system (NIMS) which guides responses to incidents and emergencies. They describe their work with 60 community partners/stakeholders who all came to the table because every sector has a vested interest since they all have been affected by the overdose problem.
Tuesday, 20 March 2018 11:20

Cover 2 Podcast: Week of 03/24/18

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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, a unique program designed to help fight the opioid crisis by reaching out to employers and offering them resources with which they can engage their workforce. The educational information they provide relates to drug abuse, addiction and where to find help. 

Wednesday, 14 March 2018 11:42

Cover 2 Podcast: Week of 03/17/18

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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 program in Pittsburgh. 

Tuesday, 06 March 2018 11:03

Cover 2 Podcast: Week of 03/10/18

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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’ lives.
 
Join Greg as he hears about a day in the life at Opioid Court, as shared by case managers who become involved during the first hours of sobriety where they determine what’s needed to manage each addict’s situation.
Tuesday, 27 February 2018 11:01

Cover 2 Podcast: Week of 03/03/18

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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 first Quick Response Team (QRT) – a group that has been utilized in many other communities since this episode was first released.
 
Listen to the podcast to discover how the work Daniel and his team were doing led them to partnering with The Community Recovery Project and utilizing what they called their Recovery Resource Packets.
Tuesday, 20 February 2018 12:05

Cover 2 Podcast: Week of 02/24/18

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Greg interviews Dr. Alan Goodwin, a psychologist from Palm Beach, Florida that has spent decades in the field of addiction treatment. Dr. Goodwin recently appeared in a New York Times article titled “A Doctor with a Phone and a Mission,” about his work investigating rehab facilities in Florida, who are part of the increasingly competitive, $35 billion drug and alcohol treatment center industry.
 
Listen to the podcast to discover what else Dr. Goodwin discovered through these calls and what can be done to combat the hard sell tactics many big businesses use in running their treatment centers.
Tuesday, 13 February 2018 11:28

Cover 2 Podcast: Week of 02/17/18

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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.
Listen to the podcast to discover what Dr. DiFrangia has discovered to be the most successful treatments for those suffering from substance use disorder.
Tuesday, 06 February 2018 10:47

Cover 2 Podcast: Week of 02/10/18

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Greg interviews Nan Whaley, the Mayor of the City of Dayton, Ohio. Out of the top 10 cities in the U.S. marred by the opioid epidemic, three are in Ohio and one of the top ones is Dayton. Since her election, Mayor Whaley has worked to aggressively combat the crisis sweeping the state and affecting her community.
Listen to the podcast to discover how the City of Dayton has also filed a lawsuit against the pharmaceutical companies responsible for the spread of opiates throughout the community
Wednesday, 31 January 2018 11:43

Cover 2 Podcast: Week of 02/03/18

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Greg interviews Mike DeWine, the Attorney General of Ohio and staff members Alisha Nelson, Community Outreach Specialist and LeeAnne Cornyn, the director of the Children’s Initiative . In 2016 alone, 4,050 Ohio residents died as a result of unintentional drug overdoses - a 32.8% increase from 2015. Attorney General Mike DeWine has developed a 12 point plan titled Recovery Ohio in the hopes of decreasing these ever-growing numbers.
Listen to the podcast to discover how this plan and the other points in Recovery Ohio are working towards a fully coordinated system to provide aid to those affected by the opioid epidemic.
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