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Battling Opioids

Pennsylvania has one of the highest opioid overdose death rates in the nation. Every day, thousands of Pennsylvanians—mothers, and fathers, children, neighbors—struggle to overcome addiction. Rural and urban, rich and poor, the opioid crisis affects all of us.

Neither people nor communities can fight this battle alone. Public media has the unique potential to connect Pennsylvanians across boundaries, and, in an unprecedented collaboration, we are doing just that. Our local reporting and programming have covered the opioid crisis for years—but now we are uniting to show you how Pennsylvanians statewide are confronting the epidemic of heroin and prescription opioid abuse. We are increasing awareness and empathy to reduce the stigma around opioid use, aid prevention, and help people find treatment.

Pennsylvania PBS stations WHYY (Philadelphia), WITF (Harrisburg), WLVT/PBS39 (Greater Lehigh Valley), WPSU (State College), WQED (Pittsburgh), WQLN (Northwestern Pennsylvania), and WVIA (Northeastern Pennsylvania) are collaborating to produce educational programming that focuses on the opioid crisis and its impact.

> > > > More information about the Battling Opioids project.

  • Dr. Drew is a practicing physician and board-certified internist and addiction medicine specialist. The Opioid Epidemic: How Did We Get Here and What Do We Do Now? How the pandemic has changed treatment with people dealing with addiction.
  • Battling Opioids Podcast: Pregnant Woman with Opioid Addiction New Care and treatment are discussed. BattlingOpioids.org #opioids, #battlingopioids, #papbs
  • Mindy Cronk had an opportunity to speak with Paola Giangiacomo, the host of Battling Opioids. Paola describes what you will see in Battling Opioids: Part 6 which airs on September 24 at 8 pm. Paola reflects on the previous programs and what information helps her as she raises her children. Paola also shares a personal, unexpected connection to the topic. BattlingOpioids.org
  • Battling Opioids Host on WILK Talking about Part 5 Tonight Paola Giangiacomo on WILK's (Entercom) Frank Andrews Show, talking about Battling Opioids Part 5. Part 5: Coronavirus is now affecting all aspects of life, especially someone dealing with addiction, the change in routine could be detrimental to their recovery due to isolation and increased anxiety. Airing Thursday, April 23rd on 7 Pennsylvania Public Media stations. Check your local listings. BattlingOpioids.org Listen Live WILKNewsRadio.com
  • Camille Schrier, the current Miss America is raising awareness to drug safety. She sat down with Battling Opioids Mindy Cronk. Reporting: Paul Lazar, Mindy Cronk Podcast Producer: JADonnelly
  • Battling Opioids News: Hepatitis C Check. New US guidelines to get HempC check, due to the rise in the opioid epidemic in the last few years.Recovery starts with a call, call 1-800-662-HELP or visit battlingopioids.org #battlingopioids #opioids #Addiction #pain #drugs #healthcare #opioidaddiction #OpioidCrisis #PA Podcast Producer: JADonnelly Reporting: Paul Lazar
  • Battling Opioids News Feb. 27. Purdue Pharma Rolling out a campaign to let people know you can file claims against the company over the toll of opioids. Recovery starts with a call, call 1-800-662-HELP or visit battlingopioids.org #battlingopioids #opioids #Addiction #pain #drugs #healthcare #opioidaddiction #OpioidCrisis #PA Podcast Producer: JADonnelly Reporting: Paul Lazar
  • Battling Opioids 1.6 Billion Settlement News Feb. 26 Recovery starts with a call, call 1-800-662-HELP or visit battlingopioids.org #battlingopioids #opioids #Addiction #pain #drugs #healthcare #opioidaddiction #OpioidCrisis #PA Podcast Producer: JADonnelly Reporting: Paul Lazar
  • RX Opioids: Even When Prescribed by a Doctor Some people might think prescription opioids are safer than alcohol or illegal drugs, but the truth is they carry serious risks and side effects. Talk with your doctor about your concerns and make informed decisions about pain management together. Prescription opioids can be prescribed by doctors to treat moderate to severe pain, but can also have serious risks and side effects. Refer to the CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain to minimize patient risk. Recovery starts with a call, call 1-800-662-HELP or visit battlingopioids.org #battlingopioids #opioids #Addiction #pain #drugs #healthcare #opioidaddiction #OpioidCrisis #PA Podcast Producer: JADonnelly
  • Battling Opioids News: Dr. Refusing to Write Perscriptions For Opioids. Reporting: Gloria Reader Podcast Producer: JADonnelly Recovery starts with a call, call 1-800-662-HELP or visit battlingopioids.org #battlingopioids #opioids #Addiction #pain #drugs #healthcare #opioidaddiction #OpioidCrisis #PA