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  Topics for Jun 9, 2024:      
  • KSQD 6-06-2024:Interview with Rita Hewitt, regional director for Central Coast overdose prevention, and her professional background. Examination of the history of opioid use and misuse, from pharmaceutical origins to current trends. The role of pharmaceutical companies and legislation in shaping the opioid crisis. The impact of educational mandates and legislation on prescribing practices and patient care. Overview of harm reduction initiatives and resources available in the community. Discussion on the effectiveness of buprenorphine and other medications in treating opioid addiction. Introduction of new substances like Xylazine and their impact on the community. Challenges in addressing these new threats and the limitations of existing overdose reversal medications. Importance of fentanyl test strips, Narcan and other tools in preventing overdoses. Availability and distribution of test strips and Narcan within the community. Recent laws and mandates aimed at improving opioid prescription practices and overdose prevention. Overview of harm reduction strategies and resources available in the community. Discussion on the effectiveness and benefits of buprenorphine and other medications in treating opioid addiction. Discussion on the increase in fentanyl-related fatalities and the ongoing challenges in addressing the crisis. Rita’s vision and goals for future harm reduction initiatives and policies. Discussion on the potential impact of upcoming legislation and community efforts on the opioid crisis.
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