Overmedicated, Overdosed America: The Opioid Epidemic
With opioid overdose deaths now surpassing deaths from car accidents in the United States, it's absolutely clear that this is a public health problem of great urgency. But what has caused the surge addiction and its consequences and what can be done about it? Our panel explores issues including the social, economic, and cultural context of the rapid increase in opioid abuse and related deaths, the medical aspects of substance abuse treatment and recovery, and public policy recommendations for a national... [see more] response to these issues. Guests: Dr. David Herzberg, Associate Professor of History at the University at Buffalo; Dr. Michael Pantalon, Psychologist and Senior Research Scientist at the Yale School of Medicine; Dr. Bertha Madras, Professor of psychobiology at Harvard Medical School and member of the President's Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis; Regina Marchetti, Certified Recovery Specialist at Crozer-Keystone Health System and a recovering addict.
THE WHOLE TRUTH is neither a traditional one-on-one interview show nor a conventional round-table program. It's a six-part series that aims to uncover the reality behind today's toughest issues, leaving the partisan noise-making out of the equation. Hosted by David Eisenhower - noted historian and author, professor at the Annenberg School of Communications at the University of Pennsylvania, and grandson and namesake of President Dwight D. Eisenhower - the series tackles some of the weightiest public affairs topics of our time, with a focus that's global and long-term in scope. Eisenhower's approach to political debate is rigorous, intense and insightful. Each half-hour episode features a different panel of guests presenting varying points of view to help viewers understand all sides of the issue. The format of the show is a three-step that includes an introduction to the topic or "the case," cross-examination and oral arguments, and a summary of "the whole truth."