Opioids: Hidden Dangers, New Hope
Opioids: Hidden Dangers, New Hope is a new educational podcast series that provides a 360-degree view of the opioid crisis, how we got into it and how we can get out of it. The series is underwritten by DisposeRx as a public awareness vehicle to educate on the relationship of leftover medications to addictions and to increase awareness of a new technology designed to break the cycle of addiction plaguing our nation.
Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO of DisposeRx, Dr. John W. Holaday, stated “This podcast was designed to educate the public, and highlight families who have lost their loved ones and who are now fighting back to prevent others from going down the road from the medicine cabinet to overdoses and death. They are the heroes of this crisis, and it is their stories, their bravery and their tireless work that we wish to recognize in this series with the hope that it will be a call to action for all Americans to clean out their medicine cabinets and reverse this crisis today.”
Dr. Holaday continued, “A host of factors spanning more than 15 years has brought us to the prescription drug abuse epidemic today, one of which is leftover drugs in medicine cabinets. Education, new drug disposal technologies, and government recognition of the benefits of these technologies through public-private partnerships and targeted legislation are the tools to ending the epidemic.”
Delving into the complex issues and dangers of holding on to unused, unwanted and expired prescription drugs in home medicine cabinets, this podcast series also explores solutions for eliminating these dangers and changing the national culture and habits surrounding prescription medication disposal.
The debut episode features a mother’s testimonial from Missy Owen, whose son died from an opioid overdose. Owen shares how she turned this tragedy into a passionate effort to stop the opioid crisis through a nonprofit she founded, Davis Direction Foundation, and by hosting the first “Building Communities of Recovery” national conference September 26th-29th in Marietta, Georgia.
In each 15-minute episode, host and veteran newsman, Brian Wilson shares the story of the opioid epidemic through the very personal experiences of those directly affected, including: siblings and parents of overdose victims, social workers, law enforcement officers and federal agents, doctors and high-level government officials. Beyond shining light on this important issue, the series reveals a key solution to protect our families from this epidemic by enabling safe at-home drug disposal of all prescription medications.
In October 2017, the opioid crisis was recognized as a national health emergency with opioids related overdoses and deaths claiming over 190 American lives every day. “How could this happen to my kid,” “When did this crisis start in my neighborhood?, “What is causing this epidemic to escalate to this magnitude?” are just a few questions that those most affected are asking?
This 15 episode series hosted by veteran broadcaster Brian Wilson addresses the complex issues of prescription abuse head on and provides a 360 degree view of the problems surrounding the Nation’s #1 killer. In each of the 15 minute episodes, Wilson tells the story of the opioid epidemic as seen through the eyes of those directly impacted including: the siblings and parents of overdose victims, social workers, law enforcement officers, doctors who prescribe the medicines, government officials and even a writer who has been covering the story for over 20 years.