Opioid Crisis

Lyzzi Borkenhagan

In this fact-heavy episode of Chemical World, hosts give a background of drugs and how they have been used for political gain and to start wars. Hosts also draw lines connecting drug laws to continued systemic racism and injustice in the United States and around the world.

Chemical World Offers a Fresh Perspective on Substance Abuse and Mental Health

Jun 30, 2020
Lyzzi Borkenhagan

Membership Director Kenna Crampton and Peer Recorvery Coach at Mind Spring Health Maggie Seldeen debut their new Public Affairs show Chemical World. This program aims to de-stigmatize drug addiction and mental health,  discuss different recovery models and harm reduction programs and explore evidence based practices in treating addiction. Topics will include the history of drug laws, connections between poverty and drug addiction as well as personal recovery stories. 

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  As part of our series on opioid addiction and treatment, Jarid Rollins, director of the Community Opioid Treatment Strategy Coalition sat down with Janelle Duhon of Recovery Resources to talk about detox, family support, and treatment for those struggling with addiction.

 

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KDNK is partnering with the Community Opioid Treatment Strategy Coalition to produce a series of interviews that bring awareness to opioid use and addiction. In this interview, Coalition Director Jarid Rollins speaks with Griffin Jarzombek, Program Supervisor for the Outpatient Program at Jaywalker Lodge. Jarid and Griffin discuss myths about opioid abuse, Jaywalker's treatment approach, and life after recovery.

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In 2017, over 1,000 Coloradans died from opioid overdose. Medical professionals are now gaining insight from their communities to address this ongoing crisis. Locally, a coalition is forming around a federal grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration. Jarid Rollins, a licensed clinical social worker doing therapy services for Midvalley Family Practice, comments on this endeavor.

When he was police chief of Stanwood, Wash., population 7,000, Ty Trenary thought rural communities like his were immune from the opioid crisis.

Then, one day, a mother walked through his door and said, "Chief, you have a heroin problem in your community."

"And I remember thinking, 'Well that's not possible,' " Trenary recalls. "This is Stanwood and heroin is in big cities with homeless populations. It's not in rural America."

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Republican candidate for Colorado attorney general George Brauchler currently serves as the district attorney for Colorado's 18th Judicial District. KDNK asked him about his views on water and proposed ballot initiative 97. The full interview is posted here.

Phil Weiser

Colorado attorney general democratic candidate Phil Weiser describes the role of attorney general as the lawyer for the people of Colorado. While visiting the Roaring Fork Valley, Phil stopped by KDNK for an interview. These are his comments on water. The full interview is posted here.

Colorado United for Families

Colorado United for Families, an organization concerned with the Trump Administration’s new healthcare bill, launched a campaign to hold Representative Scott Tipton accountable for how he voted on it. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh spoke with communications director Kaitlyn Randol to learn more.

Valley Voices: Dr. Rob Valuck Part 2 (opioid crisis)

Mar 22, 2018

Part 2 of Dr. Rob Valuck's presentation about opioids to health and human service/treatment providers and law enforcement on March 14 in El Jebel.  Click here for Part 1.

Editorial Cartoon by Dave Adam Zyglis, The Buffalo News, 2016.

The opioid situation in the US has reached emergency proportions. Today's show features a presentation, in two parts, by Dr. Rob Valuck, pharmacologist, and director of the Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention. Dr. Valuck spoke to health and human services, treatment providers, and law enforcement last week in El Jebel about the opioid crisis in the nation and in Colorado.  Part One is an overview of the crisis, nationally and statewide, plus how we got here. Part Two ends with what's working to help reduce use.

Congressman Scott Tipton on the Worsening Opioid Crisis

Mar 14, 2018
Rep. Scott Tipton

The Centers for Disease Control reports that the opioid crisis in the US is getting worse. From July, 2016 through September, 2017, opioid overdoses went up 30% in 45 states, 70% in the Midwest, and large cities in 16 states witnessed an increase of 54%. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh asked Congressman Scott Tipton why some of what the Federal government is doing is not enough.