A podcast about solutions to the opioid epidemic. Each episode we focus on a different solution, including prevention, treatment and harm reduction. Season Two drops October 15th, 2019 with a new episode every Tuesday.
A project of InvestigateWest, hosted by Anna Boiko-Weyrauch.
Needle exchanges and harm reduction
This episode, we look at the idea of harm reduction and focus specifically on needle exchanges. Those are hundreds of places across the US that hand out clean equipment, the overdose reversal medicine Narcan ,and other help to people addicted to heroin and other drugs.
But needle exchanges are still controversial in many parts of the country, including Tacoma, Washington, where Finding Fixes contributor, Amber Cortes, brings us the story of the oldest needle exchange in the United States.
Helping family members of people with addiction
Addiction is a family disease and family members of people with addiction need help, too. We look at an approach that is more effective than an intervention or Al-anon.
A book group turns into a support group. The members turn away from "tough love" and, without knowing it, stumble on evidence-based ways to help addicted family members access treatment.
Also, we have an update on the chronic pain patient at the mini boot camp for pain, Kimberly. We check up with her a month after the program ended.
Treating addiction from the ER
Emergency rooms are the last safety net for the sickest, most marginalized people. On this episode we hear how emergency rooms can become the gateway for people with addiction to access evidence-based drug treatment and other help they may need. And how an accident with a broken hypodermic needle in her neck led to one woman's recovery from heroin.
Treating the wounds of trauma
Trauma and pain and addiction are tightly woven together. But, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is treatable and treating the wounds of trauma can help treat pain and addiction, too. We must pay attention to the toxic effects of trauma if we really want to help people stay away from drugs and feel better from chronic pain.
In this episode, we hear personal stories of trauma, pain and addiction, as well as post-traumatic growth.
Medical Marijuana for Chronic Pain
Medical marijuana is now legal in dozens of states. Some chronic pain patients now rely on it in place of opioid painkillers. But, in the absence of formal medical guidance, many patients are going it on their own, with informal guidance from their peers. Some experts are not convinced though. They caution against potentially harmful side effects.
Reporter and Finding Fixes contributor, Anne Hoffman brings us this intimate look at medical marijuana.
Treating Chronic Pain
What's the appropriate role of opioids in treating chronic pain?
On this episode we zoom out and get a more complete picture of chronic pain, so we can understand where opioids fit in.
We find out about one solution that helps people feel better while voluntarily scaling back on opioid painkillers. Doctors, nurses, and therapists are working to give their patients with chronic pain a whole new set of tools.
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Informative and hopeful
It is nice to see such in depth, thourough, reporting done with a focus on solutions to a tragic situations. This podcast doesn't sugar coat anything nor does it wallow in muck. If you need find some hope or are looking for solutions to this epidemic, give this a listen.
Finding "Finding Fixes"
Not a subject I would normally seek out but the information in this podcast is extremely informative. Keep them coming!
The journalism in this podcast is top-notch. These stories come at a time when the opioid crisis in this country is devastating families all over America and are stories that need to be heard. The solution to this crisis will require sharing information about addiction and life-saving drugs (which this podcast does very well), and will require thinking outside the box in some of the ways this podcast highlights.