Monday, October 09, 2017


"Understanding the science of pain with the help of virtual reality" PBS NewsHour 10/4/2017


SUMMARY:  Inside the search for new drugs and techniques to replace habit-forming opioids, science correspondent Miles O'Brien discovers future pain treatments may rely on virtual reality.

"How the opioid crisis decimated the American workforce" PBS NewsHour 10/5/2017


SUMMARY:  In northeastern Ohio, employers say they see jobseekers all the time who look like "the walking dead," would-be workers struggling with opioid addiction.  The problem is so great, reports economics correspondent Paul Solman, that it's had a noticeable effect on the nation's labor force.

"Former drug users work on the front lines of the opioid crisis in Rhode Island" PBS NewsHour 10/6/2017


SUMMARY:  They visit overdose victims in the hospital.  They hand out lifesaving drugs on the streets and educate their peers about their own relapses.  In Rhode Island, former drug addicts are the most valuable fighters on the front lines of the war against opioids.  William Brangham reports as part of our series, “America Addicted.”

"The shame of addiction turned my life into a lie.  Here's what saved my family" PBS NewsHour 10/6/2017


SUMMARY:  Keeping up appearances as a family hid the denial and shame Anita Devlin felt as her son struggled with an addiction to opioid painkillers.  But when she finally shared their experience, it opened the door to healing and recovery.  Devlin, author of "S.O.B.E.R." about her son Mike's addiction and road to recovery with Caron Treatment Centers, shares her humble opinion about banishing judgment and reaching out to others.

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