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Ep. 211 - Everything You Need to Know About Ohio Issue 1

10/17/2018
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One of the many issues that voters will be deciding on this fall is Ohio Issue 1. This issue reduces drug possession to a misdemeanor. Currently classified as a felony, this would significantly reduce sentencing and eliminate jail time in some instances. Some say this could keep 10,000 people out of Ohio prisons but opponents of Issue 1 say it would actually be close to half of that. Out-of-state billionaires are actually backing Issue 1, including Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla...

Duration:00:50:57

Ep. 210 - What You Don’t Know About the Opioid Multidistrict Litigation in Cleveland, Ohio

10/12/2018
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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 the country were consolidated into what’s called multidistrict litigation or an MDL, to be presided over by a single judge in Cleveland, Ohio and his name is Judge Dan...

Duration:00:28:48

Ep. 209 - Can Mathematical Modeling Reduce the Death Toll from the Opioid Epidemic?

10/3/2018
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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” scenarios similar to those that business leaders run through to project how changing product features or prices affect sales and profits, said...

Duration:00:28:48

Ep. 208 - There’s Help Finding Reputable Treatment Resources

9/28/2018
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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 Substance Use Disorder (SUD) when people are most vulnerable. For today’s podcast, Greg met with Dan Sevigny, Mental Health Coach, and...

Duration:00:28:48

Ep. 207 - USA Today Editor Shares Story of His Son’s Overdose to Help Others

9/25/2018
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The opioid epidemic has devastated our country claiming many loved ones along the way. Back in November of 2017, Bill Sternberg, USA Today editorial page Editor, lost his son Scott to an overdose. Through his grief, Bill decided to share Scott’s story in an attempt to help spread awareness and possibly help others struggling with this disease. Scott was prescribed a 30-day prescription for opioids coming off an emergency surgical procedure. Although it was considered common practice, this...

Duration:00:28:48

Ep. 206 - The Nationwide Substance-Free Workplace Program Keeps Employees Protected

9/20/2018
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Back in 2015, The White House confirmed that the opioid epidemic cost America around $504 billion. Employees with pain medication use disorder cost organizations more than three times the average worker. This has caused a new crisis to emerge in today’s economy. There aren’t enough workers who are able to pass a drug test to fill all of the available openings. Other than the skyrocketing cost of employee healthcare, absenteeism and high turnover rates have also plagued companies throughout...

Duration:00:28:48

Ep. 205 - “American Fix” Author Ryan Hampton Profiles Addiction Across America

9/17/2018
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Almost every single American has been impacted by the opioid crisis. Whether it’s a friend, loved one or our own personal struggle with addiction, the epidemic has affected millions in this nation. The book "American Fix" is a sort-of memoir of Ryan Hampton’s struggle with opioid abuse and his journey. Hampton is a National Addiction Recovery Advocate, as well as a former White House staffer who has dedicated his life to exposing and ending this crisis. In “American Fix,” Hampton calls for...

Duration:00:28:48

Ep. 204 - Highlights from the “Opioids: A Crisis Still Facing Our Entire Community” Conference Pt. 2

9/14/2018
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Since the birth of the U.S. Attorney’s Heroin and Opioid Task Force, there have been many advancements in the fight against opioid abuse. One of their many achievements is the availability of Narcan and making it more widespread throughout communities. Also, law enforcement has developed new protocols for booking drug traffickers and hospitals have furthered education with their physicians in an attempt to change prescribing practices. In this second half of this two-part series, Greg...

Duration:00:28:53

Ep. 203 - Highlights from the “Opioids: A Crisis Still Facing Our Entire Community” Conference Pt. 1

9/11/2018
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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: Education and Prevention, Healthcare Policy and Treatment; Law Enforcement; and Data and Analysis. This group that formulated the Action Plan continued to meet every...

Duration:00:28:48

Ep. 188 - Policy Expert Highlights the Best New Laws to Fight the Opioid Epidemic

6/22/2018
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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 creative legislation. Recently Greg met with Brian Allen, a policy expert and VP of Government affairs for Mitchell International....

Duration:00:28:48

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

6/20/2018
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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 of the largest obstacles they face when attempting to re enter society. It is a vital aspect of their journey because it can help ensure that these...

Duration:00:28:48

Ep. 186 - Why Chiropractors Could Change the Narrative in the Opioid Epidemic

6/7/2018
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This week Greg sat down with Dr. Pat Ensminger to discuss an alternative therapy for pain treatment. It is fairly common to treat non-cancerous pain with prescription opioids. Unfortunately, one in four patients struggle with addiction to these medicines, as millions of prescriptions are written each year for pain. Chiropractic care is a drug-free, yet extremely effective alternative form of treatment. Dr. Ensminger discusses how chiropractors are introducing a new standard of care to break...

Duration:00:28:48

Ep. 185 - Ken Daniels Speaks on the Harsh Reality of The Florida Shuffle

5/31/2018
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This week’s podcast features Ken Daniels, Detroit Red Wings broadcaster, who discusses patient brokering and the devastating effects of The Florida Shuffle. Ken speaks of his son Jamie and the Jamie Daniels Foundation, in hopes that others will hear his story and avoid the dangers of being exploited. Patient brokering is when a drug rehab facility pays a third party for referring a patient to their establishment, but the treatment facility is solely focused on their finances. This has become...

Duration:00:37:41

Ep. 184 - A Journey from Hollywood to Recovery Inspires Leader of Drug–Free Workplace Initiative

5/22/2018
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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 going for him. He even landed a job working with best-selling financial author Dave Ramsey. All that changed for John in March 2011. Listen to John’s story and hear of...

Duration:00:28:48

Ep. 183 - Opioid Addiction Can Happen to Anyone, Even a Doctor: Dr. Faye Jamali Shares Her Story

5/17/2018
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Dr. Faye Jamali is a soccer mom. An anesthesiologist. A friend. A wife. By all accounts, she had it all going for her. But a fluke accident and a trip to the ER, started her down a path to addiction that changed everything. In 2007, Dr. Jamali was attending a birthday party when she slipped and fell, breaking her wrist. An excessive amount of painkillers were prescribed and she noticed life got easier when she took the medication. Her stress levels diminished and she began abusing pain...

Duration:00:28:48

Ep. 182 - Palm Beach County State Attorney on Patient Brokering and “The Florida Shuffle”

5/14/2018
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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 Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg back to the program. to discuss the scourge of patient brokering. He offers advice on how to avoid being victimized and describes...

Duration:00:28:48

Ep. 181 - Using Genetics to Treat Addiction with Dr. Howard Wetsman

5/3/2018
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Greg is joined by Dr. Howard Wetsman, an addiction psychiatrist that explains the biological process of dealing with any form of addiction. Dr. Wetsman is the author of Questions and Answers on Addiction. Genetics play a large role in whether or not someone will struggle with addiction in their lifetime but unfortunately genetics are so often ignored. Dr. Howard Wetsman envisions a day when people no longer struggle with addiction. He has been actively treating addiction in facilities...

Duration:00:28:48

Ep. 180 - Plant Manager Addresses Drug Addiction in Workplace Head On

4/26/2018
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Greg is joined by Eric Hicks, the Plant Manager at Jones Plastic & Engineering located in Benton County, Tennessee. Hicks was new to the plant when he was immediately faced with high turnover and absenteeism rates. Unfortunately, this was not unusual for this rural area with its limited population and heavy drug use. The opioid crisis is taking a toll on American businesses and has affected many manufacturers in our country. Hicks tells the story of how he was faced with unfamiliar...

Duration:00:28:50

Ep. 179 - Mayor’s Task Force to Combat the Opioid Epidemic in Philadelphia

4/24/2018
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In 2016, more than 63,000 people died of drug overdoses in the United States, more than triple from 2000. Among the many cities that are affected by this crisis, Philadelphia has been drastically affected. Greg is joined by Dr. Tom Farley, the Commissioner of the Philadelphia Department of Health. Dr. Farley says that the opioid epidemic has surpassed the AIDS epidemic that was sweeping Philly in the 1990’s and surpasses the amount of deaths from the entire Vietnam War. Since Dr. Farley is...

Duration:00:28:48

Ep. 178 - Addiction and Sobriety with "My Fair Junkie" author, Amy Dresner

4/20/2018
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Greg is joined by Amy Dresner, a former professional stand-up comic who appeared at the Comedy Store, The Laugh Factory and the Improv. She is most recently known as the author of “My Fair Junkie: A Memoir of Getting Dirty and Staying Clean” where she describes her struggles with addiction, and the extreme circumstances that led her to sobriety. Amy’s book is brutally honest about addiction and how it affected her life. Amy tells Greg about the arrest that led her down an even darker path....

Duration:00:28:48