Substance Abuse

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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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.

Jarid Rollins

A local coalition is forming around how to address opioid addiction and substance abuse in our communities. KDNK's Raleigh Burleigh spoke with Jarid Rollins of Midvalley Family Practice about this initiative. The first public meeting is on Wednesday, August 28 at Carbondale Library at 6pm.

In the first piece of a two part series, teen interns from the Garfield County Personal Responsibility and Education Program (PREP) discuss the progression of self-harm and the correlation to substance abuse. Learn more about PREP here. This program is a collaboration with the Aspen Hope Center and Project We Care Colorado.

Andrew Romanoff, former Colorado state representative, is now president and CEO of Mental Health Colorado. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh spoke to him about why mental health and substance abuse continue to top the list of public health issues locally and across the state. Romanoff comes to Aspen on Monday at 8 AM at CMC to talk about mental health. The event is free and open to the public. RSVP is required here.

Ed Williams, KUNM reporter

KUNM's public health reporter Ed Williams talks to Amy Hadden Marsh about the making of his documentary, Enduring Addiction, aired 3/09/2017 on KDNK's Valley Voices.

Today's newscast features proposed Medicaid cuts and opioid addiction in Craig, Colorado.

This special edition features Enduring Addiction, an audio documentary by former KDNK reporter Ed Williams, who is now a public health reporter for KUNM in Albuquerque.  Ed talks more about the making of the documentary here.