Latest Episodes

After Dreamland Pt. 3: A Biopsychosocial Approach to Substance Abuse, J. Merrick

Greg interviews Jason Merrick, the Director of Addiction Services at Kenton County Detention Center in Covington, Kentucky. He also worked with Sam Quinones on his highly-acclaimed book Dreamland.

After Dreamland Pt. 2: The Correlation Between Overdose Deaths and Prescriptions, Dr. Gay

Greg interviews Dr. Joe Gay, a Clinical Psychologist, Licensed Chemical Dependency Professional and the Executive Director of Health Recovery Services in Athens, Ohio.

After Dreamland Pt. 1: Portsmouth’s Prolific Pill-Mill Past, Lisa Roberts

Greg interviews Lisa Roberts, a Health Department Nurse for the city of Portsmouth, Ohio. She’s been working as a Portsmouth nurse for the past 29 years.

Genetic Testing Reveals Overdose Threshold: Dr. Jeanette Moleski, Addiction Specialist

“We did the genetic testing and she was unable to metabolize oxycodone…So we switched her to just plain morphine at a much lower dose with fewer side effects. She’s doing remarkably well. [Genetic testing] was a game changer for this patient.”

Stopping Substance Abuse via Random Drug Testing: Administrative Team, Lacey Schools

Greg interviews an administrative panel from Lacey Township School District, including Superintendent Craig Wigley, Assistant Superintendent Dr. Vanessa Clark, and District Supervisor William Zylinski. The Lacey School District has recently addressed a hot topic by conducting random drug testing in their high school. While the school has always been aware of drug testing, they haven’t done random drug testing until fairly recently.

Compassion and Justice in Drug Court: Judge David T. Matia, Cuyahoga County Drug Court

In this episode of the Cover2 Resources Podcast, Greg McNeil, Founder and President, interviews Judge David T. Matia. Judge Matia presides over the Cuyahoga County Drug Court, the first of its kind in Cleveland. He has had a powerful role brokering justice and compassion in the lives of Cleveland’s drug addicts.

When Kids Really Start Using Substances: Web and Mason, Hidden In Plain Sight

Marcie discusses how Marijuana and alcohol use at a young age can lead to substance abuse later in life. She gives the example of kids she’s worked with the Police Department Immersion Program who’ve struggled with Marijuana or alcohol at 15 or 16, struggling with opioids five or six years later.

Creating a Heartfelt Preventative Effort for Adolescents: Angie Ferguson, DFCA Part One

Back in 2005, Angie’s father and a colleague told Angie of an idea they had to combat drug abuse. As firefighters, they had witnessed a lack of heartfelt preventative efforts by others. So they pitched an idea to Angie, formulated for high school students, offering incentives for passing drug tests.

Alieving Pain Without Opioids: Dr. Mark Rosenberg, ALTO

“If I can get them comfortable and relieve their pain, I’m delighted not to use opioids,” says Dr. Rosenberg.

Equipping Summit County with Narcan: Jerry Craig, Executive Director ADM Board

Jerry Craig, the Executive Director of the Summit County Alcohol, Drug, Addiction and Mental Services Board, is working to get Narcan widely distributed in Summit County. He discusses the Summit County Opiate Task Force.

Getting Addicts the Help They Need: Donna Skoda, Public Health Commissioner

“The past year has been particularly problematic. Many individuals don’t live to tell about their experiences. It has been very tragic. It has made us really start thinking about the availability of our resources,” says Donna.

Building Student Peer Recovery Communities: Sarah Nerad, OSU Collegiate Recovery Community

“Even after 5 years of recovery, I still needed and wanted support while in Graduate School. I felt like I didn’t fit in,” says Sarah.

How to Support a Loved One in Early Recovery: Janis Beckett, Chemical Dependency Services

“People believe that if you aren’t using any more, then you’re cured,” says Janis. “Recovery is easier to understand if you think of the drug as a symptom of the disease. The drug isn’t the issue, the brain disease is the issue.”

Creating a Safe Space with SPOT: Dr. Jessie Gaeta, Boston Health Care

“It’s a quiet spot, tucked away, where people can just walk in. They don’t even have to give us their name,” says Dr. Gaeta.

The Changing Face of Addiction: Orlando Howard, Outpatient Services

Greg interviews Orlando Howard, the Manager of Outpatient Services at Rosary Hall of St. Vincent Charity Medical Center in Cleveland. Started in 1865, the medical center has provided healing services to the Cleveland community for over 150 years!

How Arrest Can Lead to Addiction Recovery: Captain Michael Shearer, Akron Police Department

Greg interviews Captain Michael Shearer, Captain of the Akron Police Department Narcotics Division. Captain Shearer has spent 25 years on the police force, in various roles. He has been Captain of the Police Department since 2005. Akron has experienced a tragic spike in heroin overdoses this summer.

Speak Up to Save a Life: Wayne Campbell, President of Tyler’s Light

Greg interviews Wayne Campbell, the president of Tyler’s Light. Tyler’s Light is a resource for those in Pickerington and Fairfield County, Ohio focused on preventing drug addiction. The foundation sheds light on the severity of drug addiction via community engagement, awareness, education and support.

The Need for a New Ethics of Prescribing: George Loucas, Loucas Law

George Loucas discusses the increase of the opioid epidemic over the last 10 years. Mr. Loucas is the founder of Loucas Law, a medical malpractice firm that specializes in wrongful death cases involving prescription opiates.

Digging up the Roots of America’s Opioid Epidemic: Sam Quinones, Dreamland

In this episode of the Cover2 Resources PPT Podcast, Greg interviews Sam Quinones, author of the best-selling book Dreamland. Sam found the title for his award-winning book when he investigated the origins of the opioid epidemic in Portsmouth, OH.

What Portsmouth Teaches Families of Addicts: Ed Hughes, The Counseling Center

Greg interviews Ed Hughes, CEO of The Counseling Center, Portsmouth, OH. Ed talks about the lessons which families can learn from the national opiate epidemic that started in Portsmouth. Ed traces a short history of the Portsmouth epidemic—how storefront pain clinics legally prescribed opiates and eventually drew out-of-state customers. Then he discusses what families of addicts can do to help their loved one.