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The Epidemic of Epidemics: Opioids, Part II

March 22, 2018


Overview: The opioid epidemic has been called the worst public health crisis in America, affecting people from all walks of life, even our youngest. The second half of our story on the opioid epidemic explores how coalitions in Kentucky are driving prevention efforts, what public health practitioners in West Virginia are doing to identify and care for newborns who have been exposed prenatally to addictive drugs, and how one federal agency is working to ensure that rural communities get access substance abuse and mental health services.


  • Greg Corby-Lee, HIV/AIDS continuing education director, Kentucky Department for Public Health
  • Aaron Lopata, chief medical officer, HRSA’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau
  • Joe Markiewicz, program coordinator for the statewide prescription drug overdose reduction initiative, Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center
  • Christina Mullins, director of the office of maternal, child and family health, West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources