Monday June 26th, 2017 4:38AM
Appalachia's approach to drugs at odds with AG policy
The tough-on-crime policy announced Friday by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions runs counter to the recent emphasis in Appalachian states on treatment and less prison time for low-level drug offenders
3:26AM ( 1 month ago )
LISTEN: Fighting chronic pain without opioids
Frank McGillin, Sr. VP and CCO at NeuroMetrix, discusses the problem of opioid abuse and new technology that offers an alternative to opioids for chronic pain.
5:30AM ( 1 month ago )
LISTEN: Part Two: Recovering opioid drug addict, Craig George, shares his tale of emerging from "darkness"
George, a recovering addict who is 6 months clean, joins the Afternoon News Wrap in part two of a one-on-one to explain how friends and family can help an addict.
5:00PM ( 1 month ago )
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Interviews from WDUN

What are opiods?

Opiods are drugs that reduce the intensity of pain signals. The word “opiod” comes from opium, a drug made from the poppy plant

What are they used for?

Many teens and young adults first use opiods when they are prescribed them by a dentist or oral surgeon, often for the removal of molars. Other teens and young adults may be prescribed them for a sports injury.

Why do some teens and young adults abuse opiods?

For a variety of reason – to party and to get high, or to cope with academic, social or emotional stress.

How do they abuse them?

Sometimes people get high by crushing pills into powder to snort, swallow or inject (after dissolving in water). Heroin in an illegal opiod that can be snorted, injected or smoked.

Where do they get the drugs?

The majority of teens and young adults abusing prescription drugs get them from medicine cabinets of family members and friends. Some hand out or sell their extra pills or pills they’ve acquired or stolen from classmates. A small minority of teens and young adults say they get their prescription drugs illicitly from doctors, pharmacists or online.

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Medical Association of Georgia Foundation

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LISTEN: Up close and personal with sharks
Diver and photographer, Brian Skerry, talks about what it's like to swim with sharks. Skerry shares stories about putting together his book "Shark" which is filled with stunning photos of Skerry interacting with these powerful predators.
By Bill and Joel
10:45AM ( 2 days ago )