StoryCorps: Cooper-Rovero

“When you experience such tragedy and loss and you’re just trying to survive, you were my lifeboat…”   Amy Cooper and April Rovero, mothers who both lost sons to prescription drug abuse, talk about their friendship and the importance of advocacy work in helping them heal from their losses. We hear first from Ms. Cooper, now Outreach Coordinator for the National...

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StoryCorps: Perry

“He had a heart of gold. If someone wanted something, he’d give you the shirt off his back…”   Karen Perry talks about losing her son, Richie, to a heroin overdose with her daughter-in-law, Kristen Perry. Karen Perry helped found the NOPE (Narcotics Overdose Prevention & Education) Task Force after Richie’s death.     Produced by Dan Collison with...

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StoryCorps: Falkinburg-Volkow

“There was just so little understanding of addiction and alcoholism, and especially for youth and young people…”   Kimber Lee Falkinburg talks with Dr. Nora Volkow, Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, about her addiction and eventual recovery. Ms. Falkinburg is Director of Young People In Recovery, an organization that has chapters all across the country to...

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StoryCorps: Cook-Saunders

“These babies were carrying the flag of the substance abuse problem in the United States…”   Friends Kyle Cook and Carla Saunders, both neonatal nurse practitioners at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, talk about their pioneering work specializing in neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) – newborns experiencing withdrawals related to their mothers’...

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StoryCorps: White-Elswick

“At that time in my life, I can only describe that as I was a forest fire burning out of control…”   Tony White, Program Director of the Morehead Intervention Center of Pathways, Inc., discusses his journey from addiction to long-term recovery and the work he now does to help other people struggling with addiction with Shelly Elswick, who has a son in recovery from a heroin...

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StoryCorps: Rogers-Handy

“They were alleging that we had widespread abuse of Oxycontin. I didn’t believe it…”   Kentucky 5th District Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers tells his friend Tom Handy why he founded Operation UNITE, a first of its kind effort at combating painkiller abuse in southern and eastern Kentucky. Handy is chairman of the UNITE Board of Directors.   Produced...

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