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.
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.
Greg interviews Johann Hari, bestselling author of the book Chasing the Scream, 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, Portugal and Britain. In Britain, for example, the government drew on lessons learned from dealing with a large alcoholism problem during the Industrial Revolution which displaced many citizens through job loss. This led people to feel deprived and their lives became unbearable, a common theme among drug users.