The heroin and opioid epidemic

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Guests: Cathy Messina, Elvis Rosado, Charles O’Brien

Pennsylvania ranks number one in drug overdose deaths among young men ages 19 to 25. New Jersey is number four in the nation. The death toll from heroin and other opioids has quadrupled over the last decade across the United States. This hour, we’ll talk about the epidemic, its impact on individuals, families and communities and look at the science of addiction. Marty’s guests are CATHY MESSINA, founder of D.A.V.E. (Drug Addiction oVerdose Education), ELVIS ROSADO, education coordinator at Prevention Point Philly, and CHARLES O’BRIEN, a professor of psychiatry and founder of the Center for the Studies of Addiction at the University of Pennsylvania.

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