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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 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 Public Media 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.

Battling Opioids's Podcast Battling Opioids

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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 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 Public Media 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.

    Battling Opioids Podcast: Back On My Feet

    Battling Opioids Podcast: Back On My Feet

    Back On My Feet: Therapists and researchers agree that there are benefits of exercise, which can help individuals in recovery maintain their sobriety. Back on My Feet, a national non-profit that serves people in recovery through organized running groups and other services. Audio: WHYY
    Podcast Producer: JADonnelly
    Recovery starts with a call, call 1-800-662-HELP or visit battlingopioids.org
    #battlingopioids #opioids #Addiction #pain

    • 6 min
    Battling Opioids Podcast: Blue Guardian Program

    Battling Opioids Podcast: Blue Guardian Program

    Battling Opioids Podcast: Blue Guardian Program Blue Guardian program: Lehigh County’s Blue Guardian program pairs police with certified recovery specialists who visit individual’s within a few days of being revived by naloxone.
    Podcast Producer: JADonnelly
    Video: WLVT

    • 6 min
    Battling Opioids: PA Is Offering Hospitals a Deal

    Battling Opioids: PA Is Offering Hospitals a Deal

    Battling Opioids: PA Is Offering Hospitals a Deal
    Reporting: Paul Lazar
    Podcast Producer: JADonnelly

    • 1 min
    Battling Opioids: Anthony Tirado has lost four family members to overdoses.

    Battling Opioids: Anthony Tirado has lost four family members to overdoses.

    Anthony Tirado has lost four family members to overdoses.  He wrote a eulogy for them and shares that with us; Anthony also describes how he deals with his loss and strives to build a different life for himself.
    Reporting: Mindy Cronk
    Podcast Producer: JADonnelly

    • 11 min
    Battling Opioids: Prosper Program

    Battling Opioids: Prosper Program

    Battling Opioids Part 4: The PROSPER program is an early intervention program that works with children and their families to help young people avoid substance abuse and behavioral problems.
    Podcast Producer: JADonnelly
    Recovery starts with a call, call 1-800-662-HELP or visit battlingopioids.org

    • 5 min
    Battling Opioids: 90% of Overdoses Are Accidental

    Battling Opioids: 90% of Overdoses Are Accidental

    Battling Opioids: 90% of Overdoses Are Accidental.
    New Report shows Overdoses Are Accidental, suicide fewer than thought.

    • 1 min

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