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Episode 6 - Solutions

What’s Next?

The final episode of this series focuses on potential solutions to this crisis. Just as law enforcement has a 360 plan to combat the epidemic, we must tackle it as a community. We also hear from Dr. Rahul Gupta, who, as West Virginia’s state health commissioner, implemented a social autopsy to assess the opioid overdose deaths in West Virginia, which was the state with the highest levels of opioid deaths in the country.

List of interviewees:

  • Dr. Rahul Gupta, now with March of Dimes
  • Ken Solek, DEA Special Agent
  • Representative Liz Olson (D), Minnesota House of Representatives, 7-B
  • Stephan Witherspoon, Duluth NAACP President
  • Mark Rubin, St. Louis County Attorney
  • Dr. Elizabeth Bilden, Essentia Health Toxicologist
  • Jessica McCarthy, DPD Opioid Program Technician
  • Gary Olson, OARS
  • Greg Anderson, OARS
  • Sue Purchase, Harm Reduction Specialist
  • Lynn Hall
  • Duluth Police Lt. Jeff Kazel, Commander of the Lake Superior Drug and Violent Crime Task Force
  • Dr. Nicholas Van Deelan, St. Luke's Emergency Dept.
  • U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar, (D) Minnesota
  • Representative David Baker, (R) Minnesota House of Representatives, 17-B
  • Dr. Joseph Bianco, Essentia Health
  • Kellen Davis, Addiction Councilor

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In this digital short we hear from two different specialists about how they are addressing the opioid crisis:...

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Solutions to the opioid epidemic can be multi-fold and complex. Listen to just a couple of aspects to the solution...

Embedded thumbnail for Ep 6 - Digital Short 3: Solutions

Hear about West Virginia's approach to addressing their own opioid crisis in this digital short.

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About The Series

Opioids: Crisis in the Northland is a new television and digital project from WDSE · WRPT that addresses many facets of the opioid epidemic in our region in order to encourage conversations and solutions around this devastating issue. Learn more...