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video: PBS to Air Heroin Overdose Documentary and Discussion on Thursday

Wednesday, April 02, 2014


Rhode Island PBS will take a hard look at the skyrocketing number of deaths in the state caused by heroin overdose, an issue Rhode Island health officials are calling an epidemic.

Airing Thursday, April 3, at 9 p.m., No Hero in Heroin will present a spectrum of perspectives on the story. Health officials, addiction counselors, recovering addicts, and family members put the intimate, human faces on the startling statistics. Since January 1, there have been almost 70 overdose deaths Rhode Island, more than twice as many as last year.

Produced by WSBE Rhode Island PBS and hosted by Margie O’Brien, No Hero in Heroin will include filmed segments and two in-studio discussions.

Panelists include:

  • Dr. Michael Fine, director of the RI Department of Health
  • Fred Trepassi, director of Phoenix House
  • Michelle McKenzie, director of the Prevent Overdose and Naxolone Intervention at Miriam Hospital
  • Steve Reid and Abbie Stenberg, former addicts
  • Jim Gillen, director of Anchor Recovery
  • Dr. Peter Friedmann, Lifespan Alcohol & Addiction Studies
  • Craig Stenning, Department of Behavioral Healthcare at the RI Department of Health
  • Elise Reynolds, who lost two sons to overdose

Off camera during the one-hour broadcast of No Hero in Heroin, drug abuse counselors will staff a phone bank to answer viewers’ questions about intervention and treatment referrals, and other addiction recovery information.

WSBE Rhode Island PBS transmits standard-definition (SD) and high-definition (HD) programming over the air on digital 36.1; on Rhode Island cable services: Cox 08 / 1008HD, Verizon FiOS 08 / 508HD, Full Channel 08; on Massachusetts cable services: Comcast 819HD, Verizon 18 / 518HD; on satellite: DirecTV 36 / 3128HD, Dish Network 36.

WSBE Learn transmits over the air on digital 36.2; on cable: Cox 808, Verizon 478, Full Channel 89, Comcast 294 or 312. 


Related Slideshow: Breakdown of Overdose Deaths in RI - 2009 to 2014

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Total overdose deaths: 137

Both illicit and pharmaceutical drugs: 22

Pharmaceutical drugs only: 84

Illicit drugs only: 31

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Total overdose deaths: 152

Both illicit and pharmaceutical drugs: 36

Pharmaceutical drugs only: 82

Illicit drugs only: 24

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Total overdose deaths: 175

Both illicit and pharmaceutical drugs: 41

Pharmaceutical drugs only: 93

Illicit drugs only: 41

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Total overdose deaths: 182

Both illicit and pharmaceutical drugs: 34

Pharmaceutical drugs only: 85

Illicit drugs only: 63

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2013 (First Half)

Total overdose deaths: 118*

Both illicit and pharmaceutical drugs: 23

Pharmaceutical drugs only: 40

Illicit drugs only: 55

*Data only available for first half of 2013

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