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A new podcast about solutions to the opioid epidemic. Each episode we focus on a different solution. The first season focuses on Snohomish County, Washington. A project of InvestigateWest, produced by public radio reporters Anna Boiko-Weyrauch, Kyle Norris, and Julia Drachman.

A new podcast about solutions to the opioid epidemic. Each episode we focus on a different solution. The first season focuses on Snohomish County, Washington. A project of InvestigateWest, produced by public radio reporters Anna Boiko-Weyrauch, Kyle Norris, and Julia Drachman.
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A new podcast about solutions to the opioid epidemic. Each episode we focus on a different solution. The first season focuses on Snohomish County, Washington. A project of InvestigateWest, produced by public radio reporters Anna Boiko-Weyrauch, Kyle Norris, and Julia Drachman.

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BONUS: How Shannon got off drugs

3/22/2019
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For Shannon McCarty, two things were crucial in her recovery: connections and timing. It started with timing – a key encounter just when she wanted to get off the drugs. And then it was the connections that kept her going. A police officer she could depend on. A sister who stayed in touch. A dog who gets her out of the house a few times a day. Shannon’s story helps us understand how solutions to the opioid epidemic can be incredibly personal.

Duration:00:15:39

S1 Ep. 5: The jail turns things around

9/17/2018
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SOLUTION: Make incarceration an opportunity to get help and start healing. Make detox easier, get people with addiction drug treatment behind bars, and connect them to help as soon as they’re released. STORY: Opioid withdrawal is like the worst flu you’ve ever had. Now, imagine you’re responsible for dozens of people as sick as can be. What do you do? We tour the Snohomish County jail, which has become a defacto detox center and where inmates used to die from lack of medical care. The jail...

Duration:00:28:33

S1 Ep. 4: Professional hand-holders

9/17/2018
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SOLUTION: Create teams of social workers and police officers who help homeless people with addiction get drug treatment and housing. Break the cycle of drug use, crime, and jail time by reaching out to people on the streets and in the woods, and asking them what help they need. STORY: Marshmallows in Kevlar and a foul-mouthed social worker. Coffee dates, mac n’ cheese, and body wash. The county reimagines police work and helps hundreds of people get into detox, drug treatment, and stable...

Duration:00:30:07

S1 Ep. 3: Valuable lessons from a landslide

9/17/2018
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SOLUTION: Get government to work more effectively. Use a disaster response playbook to organize county government around the opioid epidemic. Approach addicted people with compassion, as you’d approach a person with any other medical condition. STORY: Addiction hits home for the top dog of a disaster-prone county. An old-school cop gets a wake-up call and learns “handcuffs and a trip to jail” just won’t cut it anymore. Also, we learn what a landslide can teach us about tackling the opioid...

Duration:00:26:39

S1 Ep. 2: A lifesaving nasal-spray

9/17/2018
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SOLUTION: Get the overdose reversal drug, naloxone (aka Narcan) into the hands of everyone who needs it, and train them how to use it. Family, friends and people with addiction themselves can play a big role in stopping overdose death. STORY: A life lost, a life saved. The main character of this episode isn’t a person. It’s a nasal spray. Naloxone (aka Narcan) saves lives from opioid overdoses (heroin, painkillers, fentanyl). Across the U.S., people are dying from opioids, but their...

Duration:00:23:51

S1 Ep. 1: Medicine that melts under your tongue

9/17/2018
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SOLUTION: Treat addiction using evidence-based medication, like buprenorphine (aka Suboxone). Expand access to treatment through telemedicine. STORY: At a clinic in Everett, Washington, a nurse pushes his patients to work hard, and the patients embark on their road to recovery. Do they have a chance? (Yes, and we’ll tell you why.) This season we’re in Snohomish County, Washington which has an oversized share of overdose deaths in the state and is now treating the opioid epidemic like a...

Duration:00:25:31

Preview of Finding Fixes Podcast

8/31/2018
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Finding Fixes is the first podcast dedicated to solutions to the opioid epidemic. Each episode we dive into one solution. The first season we're in Snohomish County, Washington, which is treating the opioid epidemic as a state of emergency like a natural disaster. As communities across the country struggle with rampant opioid overdoses, we seek to fill a gap: What are people doing that works? How can my community tackle the epidemic? We are journalists in Seattle with decades of...

Duration:00:02:08